DISCOVER ISLAM: 10th – 17th January 2009

Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucester City Council and Friendship Café are working in partnership with several local organisations to promote 'Discover Islam Week.' Our aim is to provide opportunities to enhance integration and community cohesion in the City and County. The exhibition will support the curriculum not only in Religious studies but also in Citizenship, Art, Geography, Science and History.

The idea is to Taste, Feel, Touch, See, and Hear the Sounds of Islam.

Make up your own mind about Islamic culture, history and religion with our “Discover Islam Week’, 10th – 17th January 2009”.

Download the programme for the week here.

View the programme for the week here.


Discover Islam: An exhibition of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Islamic world.

This interactive exhibition will be in the Mall, City Library and City Museum. It consists of display panels, objects and activities, with accompanying workshops for children and adults, talks, mosque visits, and shared meals. The exhibition is designed to be highly educational and informative for all - irrespective of age and religious background. A detailed printed programme will be available.

Discover Islam: Myths and Facts about Muslims in Gloucester and Britain.

A myth-busting booklet to raise awareness and reduce Islamophobia. This informative booklet will be launched at the opening of the exhibition at the Eastgate Mall. The Myth Busting booklet will be a great legacy of the event for future years!

Admission Free.

Opportunity for general public to ask questions.

Meet local Muslims.

Take part in the activities/ workshops.

The Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, with a well-known Muslim figure (TBC), will perform the opening and launch the booklet.

Nasreen Akhtar, Black Minority Ethnic Development Officer for Libraries & Information, says this about the event: “I hope that this week of discovery will help build better relationships within the community and increase mutual understanding.”

Download an A4 poster here.

Download an A5 flyer here.

For further information, contact:

Nasreen Akhtar
BME Development Officer,
Libraries & Information
Gloucestershire County Council
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