Islamic exhibit at BYU aids understanding

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 13, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    When you look at the breathtaking Renaissance paintings of Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and others, you get no sense that they were produced by the same era that witnessed people being burned at the stake by the Church for being witches or heretics. Ahead would be the Reformation, the bloody massacres of the Thirty Years War between Catholic and Protestant states, and then the 18th century Enlightenment.

    Islam today is experiencing its own transformation into a modernity it was closed off from during the rise of Western Europe to predominance. It's important for us to understand that the dark side that grabs headlines does not reflect the whole.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Sept. 12, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    I visited the exhibit earlier this summer. Beautiful.

    But at some point, a religion's ratio of beautiful calligraphy to dysfunction gets low enough, that a decent person has to start seriously looking around for other ways to fulfill his religious needs.

    Every religion has its bad apples. I can wave away the occasional slaughtered wagon train a century or so back. We're only human, after all.

    But if any significant number of Mormons had rioted violently against "South Park" or the "Book of Mormon" musical, or if the Church clearly resulted in Mormon-dominated cultures lagging significantly behind the rest of the world in terms of prosperity, stability, violence, science and culture, then I don't care how sublime Minerva Teichert's paintings are. At some point, even being a "moderate Mormon" wouldn't be enough. It would be time to move on.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    I've been to this exhibit 3 times now!
    It's beautiful!

    We have so much in coomon with our Abrahamic Convenanted brothers/sisters.

    I know too many LDS here in Utah who are too close-minded to "prove ALL things, hold fast to that which is good."

    سلام - Salaam - Peace

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 10, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Among the unfortunate fallout from the tragedy of September 11 is in militant Islam becoming representative of Muslims in general when in fact it is not. American Muslims have suffered greatly because of that. I hope people in Utah will take advantage of this exhibition while it is on display. Islam has a rich history and culture that needs to be better appreciated by the rest of the world.

  • KinCO Fort Collins, CO
    Sept. 9, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    This is a beautiful exhibit. My daughter and I spend nearly two hours studying all the wonderful pieces--amazingly complex calligraphy, ceramics, carpets, statuary and more. Go--now!! You will be so glad that you did.

  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    Sept. 8, 2012 9:26 p.m.

    My wife and I viewed this exhibit earlier this Summer. It is well worth a visit - so if you haven't seen it yet, by all means do so!