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Sydney art fuses surf with Islam

6 December, 2008

By Nick Bryant 

BBC News, Sydney

 

“An Australian artist has produced a range of Islamic surfboards in an attempt to create a greater understanding between East and West.

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He has called the range the Inshallah – or God Willing – surfboards and has put them on exhibition in Sydney.

There are 30 surfboards in all, each adorned with intricate Islamic motifs.

Mr George hopes that the Inshallah surfboards can help bridge cultural and religious misunderstandings within Australia.

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“What I’ve done to bring the joy and the interest of our Islamic art to an Australian audience,” said Mr George.  “I have actually transposed a lot of my photographic images – the work of the tiles and shots of the mosque – on to a surfboard so that they become a lot more acceptable or easy to digest for an Australian audience.”      


    Art Guide Australia)

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Somewhere in the world, someone is trying to bridge the cultural gap between Islam and the Western world and to show that not followers of Islam are not  terrorists.  

 

read the rest of the story here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7769028.stm

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 7 December, 2008 21:15

    well these surf boards look so cool They are really good.

  2. 14 December, 2008 21:15

    What better sport to bring two groups together than surfing?

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