[TEXT: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: New Galleries for the Art of
the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia]
[TEXT: Haroon Moghul, Associate Editor, Religion Dispatches]
How do we get people in the Muslim community excited about
their heritage, learning about their history, and
seeing the Met as a resource that belongs to them just as much as it
belongs to anyone else?
People will assume that a museum is for certain types of people,
certain audiences, certain income brackets.
So these are populations that may not be comfortable coming to
a museum or may not even know that this exists.
[TEXT: Maryam Ekhtiar, Senior Research Associate, Department of Islamic Art]
We really made a great effort to bring in these people and for
them to be aware of our galleries
so that when they open, their communities can come and enjoy and
learn in these galleries.
[TEXT: Hussein Rashid, Adjunct Professor, Hofstra University]
They’ve done amazing outreach to the local New York Muslim
they’ve done amazing outreach to non-Muslim communities,
and making sure that this isn’t just a gallery by Muslims for
but that this is really about art and the values that art speak to.
[Haroon Moghul:] History and art have a way of giving
people a sense of grounding,
a sense of pride in their origins, in their background, in their
When people see this stuff and they look around, they say, wow,
this is something that people from
my cultural universe did and contributed and made, and all of
these people are here putting money into, coming to see it
really says to people that you have a place here, you have something
to be proud of.
Islamic history is part of global history and therefore part
of American history.
Getting people to understand that, I think, will give them a very
different perspective on being Muslim in the United States.
Produced by the U.S. Department of State]