Thursday, February 5, 2009

EXHIBIT- Opening Today: Sufism: Mystical Ecumenism by Photojournalist Iason Athanasiadis, CGIS

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EXHIBIT- Opening Today: Sufism: Mystical Ecumenism by Iason Athanasiadis

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Mystical Ecumenism
Photography from Islam's Heartlands
by Iason Athanasiadis

Opening: 5 February 2008, 17:00-19:00
Center for Government and International Studies (South Building),
Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, 02138
The Dunya Ensemble will perform music from Islam's mystical traditions
at 18.30 in the Tsai Auditorium
Opening reception sponsored by the ILEX Foundation

Travel through the heartlands of Sufism with the hypnotic images of
Iason Athanasiadis.

Sufism: Mystical Ecumenism is a visual journey through Bilad ash-Sham,
Khorassan and the Punjab chronicling the movement and rhythm of zikr,
the ecstatic ceremony practiced by Sufi orders around the Muslim World.

Shot by photojournalist and 2008 Harvard Nieman fellow Iason
Athanasiadis in present-day Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, it
documents the extraordinary diversity of a mystical Islam gaining in
popularity in the West but worryingly absent from media coverage of
the world's most controversial religion.

The exhibition runs 5 February through 10 March at Harvard's Center
for Government and International Studies

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