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Music | International, Senegal, US

Youssou N’Dour

Fri, June 5 | BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Youssou N’Dour kicked off Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas, performing songs that draw on his Islamic beliefs, African heritage, and global experience. more info

Marketplace | International, US

Souk

Sat, June 6 | BAM, Lafayette Ave & Ashland Pl

FREE ADMISSION Over 150 vendors transformed BAM's neighborhood into a vibrant souk, or open-air market, featuring food, arts, and crafts from diverse Muslim cultures. more info

Music/Film | International, Senegal, US

Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love

Sat, June 6 | BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

The New York premiere of the film Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love, a remarkable portrait of the legendary Senegalese artist and the making of his Grammy Award-winning album Egypt, was followed by a special concert appearance by Youssou N'Dour. more info

Music | FRANCE, MOROCCO, SYRIA

Sufi Music Ensembles

Sat, June 6 | BAM Harvey Theater

A vibrant musical tradition based on the mystical branch of Islam, Sufi music seeks to unite listeners with states of transcendence in order to connect with the Divine. more info

Marketplace | International, US

Souk

Sun, June 7 | BAM, Lafayette Ave & Ashland Pl

FREE ADMISSION Over 150 vendors transformed BAM's neighborhood into a vibrant souk, or open-air market, featuring food, arts, and crafts from diverse Muslim cultures. more info

Theater | India

Dastangoi: The Adventures of Amir Hamza

Sun, June 7 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Magic, sorcery, warriors, and tricksters came together for two evenings at the Asia Society, in the vividly told stories of Dastangoi: The Adventures of Amir Hamza, bringing to life the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Muhammad’s uncle Amir Hamza. more info

Film | Tunisia

Making Of (Akher film)

Mon, June 8 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Twenty-five-year-old Bahta leads a group of break dancers in Tunisia, but when the Iraq War breaks out in 2003, he encounters all new challenges. more info

Discussion | Iran, US

Shirin Neshat: The House is Black

Mon, June 8 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Iranian-American filmmaker Shirin Neshat presented a rare screening of Forough Farrokhzad’s landmark short film The House is Black (1962) together with her own short film, The Last Word (2003). more info

Theater | India

Dastangoi: The Adventures of Amir Hamza

Mon, June 8 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Magic, sorcery, warriors, and tricksters came together for two evenings at the Asia Society, in the vividly told stories of Dastangoi: The Adventures of Amir Hamza, bringing to life the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Muhammad’s uncle Amir Hamza. more info

Visual Art | Afghanistan, Iran

Sight Unseen: Video from Afghanistan and Iran

Tue, June 9 | Asia Society Museum

On view June 9 through September 13 at the Asia Society Museum, Sight Unseen showcases rarely seen video works from Afghanistan and Iran. more info

Film | Indonesia

Love for Share (Berbagi Suami)

Tue, June 9 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Up-and-coming director Nia Dinata addresses the tradition and injustices of polygamy in Indonesia today, creating a compelling and sometimes humorous portrait of a complex social practice. more info

Discussion | Iran, US

Reza Aslan in Conversation with Vishakha Desai

Tue, June 9 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Acclaimed author Reza Aslan discusseed Islam in the context of history, faith, ideology, and culture with Asia Society President Vishakha Desai. more info

Theater | Kuwait

Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

Tue, June 9 | BAM Harvey Theater

Read the New York Times review. In an oil-rich kingdom, a dictator’s bloody rise to power becomes an allegory of our own times in Richard III: An Arab Tragedy, Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al-Bassam’s groundbreaking remake of Shakespeare’s Machiavellian masterpiece. more info

Film | Morocco

Grand Voyage

Wed, June 10 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Mustapha, an elderly Moroccan who has lived in France for many years, decides that it is finally time for him to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, accompanied by his youngest son. more info

Film | Canada, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, US

Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta

Wed, June 10 | LeFrak Theater, American Museum of Natural History

Shot in breathtaking IMAX, Journey to Mecca is the extraordinary story of Ibn Battuta and his epic 1325 journey from Morocco to the sacred city of Mecca. more info

Theater | Kuwait

Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

Wed, June 10 | BAM Harvey Theater

Read the New York Times review. In an oil-rich kingdom, a dictator’s bloody rise to power becomes an allegory of our own times in Richard III: An Arab Tragedy, Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al-Bassam’s groundbreaking remake of Shakespeare’s Machiavellian masterpiece. more info

Poetry | International, US

Chaikhana/Tea House

Wed, June 10 | Rose Conference Hall, Asia Society

Revered throughout history, poetry and prose hold an essential place in Muslim cultures. Innovative prose is celebrated today as it was in the past, with a cup of tea in hand and an ear to the nuanced sound of language. more info

Film | Syria

Land for a Stranger (Turab al-Ghuraba’)

Thu, June 11 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Land for a Stranger is a masterful depiction of the twilight years of Abdel-Rahman al-Kawakibi (1852—1902), an important intellectual in the late Ottoman world and author of Characteristics of Tyranny, an outspoken critique of the emerging fundamentalism of his time. more info

Music | Iran

Parissa: An Evening of Persian Classical Music

Thu, June 11 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Renowned classical Iranian vocalist Parissa sings the words of poet Rumi accompanied by renowned tar player Iman Vaziri together with Dara Afraz on daf and tombak. more info

Theater | Kuwait

Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

Thu, June 11 | BAM Harvey Theater

Read the New York Times review. In an oil-rich kingdom, a dictator’s bloody rise to power becomes an allegory of our own times in Richard III: An Arab Tragedy, Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al-Bassam’s groundbreaking remake of Shakespeare’s Machiavellian masterpiece. more info

Music | Palestine

Kamilya Jubran: The Maqam and Beyond

Thu, June 11 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Kamilya Jubran infuses the ancient power of classical Arabic music with contemporary interpretation. more info

Film | Turkey

Takva—A Man’s Fear of God

Fri, June 12 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Muharrem, a 45-year-old single man living in Istanbul, struggles as he tries to live by ancient religious precepts in an increasingly globalized world. more info

Film | France/Tunisia

Satin Rouge

Fri, June 12 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Lilia is a widowed seamstress who, after a visit to her daughter’s belly-dancing class, is unexpectedly introduced to a new world in which she rediscovers herself. more info

Theater | Kuwait

Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

Fri, June 12 | BAM Harvey Theater

Read the New York Times review. In an oil-rich kingdom, a dictator’s bloody rise to power becomes an allegory of our own times in Richard III: An Arab Tragedy, Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al-Bassam’s groundbreaking remake of Shakespeare’s Machiavellian masterpiece. more info

Music | Iran

Parissa: An Evening of Persian Classical Music

Fri, June 12 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Renowned classical Iranian vocalist Parissa sings the words of poet Rumi accompanied by renowned tar player Iman Vaziri together with Dara Afraz on daf and tombak. more info

Music

Muslim Voices at BAMcafé

Fri, June 12 | BAMcafe

Alternative band zerobridge, named for the famous Kashmir bridge, opened for in-demand oud rocker Brahim Fribgane who performed with percussionist Adam Rudolf. more info

Music | Palestine

Kamilya Jubran: The Maqam and Beyond

Fri, June 12 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Kamilya Jubran infuses the ancient power of classical Arabic music with contemporary interpretation. more info

Film | Germany, Israel, Palestine

Heart of Jenin (Das Herz von Jenin)

Sat, June 13 | BAM Rose Cinemas

After Ahmed Khatib, a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy, was accidentally shot and killed by an Israeli soldier, his parents decided to donate as many of his organs as possible to Israeli children in need, including an Orthodox Jew, a Bedouin, and a Druze. more info

Film | Iran

Leila

Sat, June 13 | BAM Rose Cinemas

This major work by one of Iran’s leading directors is a gripping portrayal of the conflict between modernity and tradition in Iran. more info

Dance | Indonesia

Sardono Dance Theater: Diponegoro

Sat, June 13 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Diponegoro, a dance theater work, depicts the struggle for freedom and identity in colonial Indonesia. more info

Music | Pakistan, US

Qawwali Gospel Creation

Sat, June 13 | BAM Harvey Theater

With its pulsing drums and harmoniums, ecstatic incantations with euphoric choral refrains, nothing induces a state of spiritual intoxication quite like Qawwali, a 700-year-old tradition of hypnotic Sufi praise music. more info

Music | US

Muslim Voices at BAMcafé

Sat, June 13 | BAMcafe

Composer/producer Adam Matta is a beatboxing tour de force, melding hip-hop, electronic, jazz, and traditional Middle Eastern music for a unique and driving sound. more info

Film | Egypt

Destiny (al-Massir)

Sun, June 14 | BAM Rose Cinemas

Destiny relates the life story of Averroës, the 12th century Andalusian philosopher best-known for his commentaries on Aristotle and for his insistence that reason and faith are not incompatible. more info

Dance | Indonesia

Sardono Dance Theater: Diponegoro

Sun, June 14 | Asia Society Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium

Diponegoro, a dance theater work, depicts the struggle for freedom and identity in colonial Indonesia. more info

Film | Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, US

The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, A Torch For Peace

Sun, June 14 | BAM Rose Cinemas

This dramatic documentary tells the extraordinary tale of Muslim peacemaker Badshah Khan, a reformer who helped shape India's modern political, social and spiritual landscape. more info

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Brahim Speaks

In this exclusive audio interview, renowned Moroccan oud player and percussionist Brahim Fribgane describes his love of sound, his life of music and the broader significance of Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.

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Kamilya Jubran: Crossing Boundaries, Borders

Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran's 2008 album Makan provided the artist with an opportunity to focus on poetry, with the album featuring the words of poets Salman Masalha and Fadhil Al Azzawi, among others. Listen in on a sample from the track Lafz:

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And read on for more on Jubran's style and the poetry she sings.

A Glimpse of the White Station

In this clip from Seifollah Samadian's The White Station a heavy snowstorm engulfs people on a Tehran street, suggesting myriad metaphors in what the filmmaker has described as an "austere poetic statement."

The White Station is part of the Asia Society Museum's exploration of current Afghan and Iranian visual art, Sight Unseen, on display June 9 through September 13.

Parissa Sings

Renowned classical Iranian vocalist Parissa performed, singing the words of poet Rumi as part of the festival Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.

Listen in on a sample of Parissa's track Man Gholame Ghamaram from her 2008 album, Simplicity.

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The Sufi Spirit

Read more about the Aissawa trance ritual and listen in on clips of the group in performance, in this special online feature.

Video: Diponegoro Revealed

In this stunning new footage from Java, Indonesia, choreographer Sardono Kusumo shares the latest incarnation of Diponegoro, performances of which were held at the Asia Society as part of Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.

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Listen in on personal reflections, coming directions and a sample of the music from the lead singer of this Kashmiri-American outfit. zerobridge performed as part of the Muslim Voices at BAMcafe program during the festival.

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An Iranian Poet, Lost

Considered to be one of Iran's most influential poets and filmmakers of the Twentieth Century, Forough Farrokhzad's work confronted themes of trauma and alienation. Read more about the poet's life and work in Prof. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak's essay.

Now Seen: Sight Unseen

In this clip from Afghan artist Rahraw Omarzad's The Third One, a woman's veil assumes multiple meanings.

Omarzad played a key role in the establishment of the Center for Contemporary Art Afghanistan (CCAA). He is one of Afghanistan’s first avant-garde video artists and is an important figure in the young Kabul art scene.

“This film focuses on one of the principle debates about Afghan women, and it invites the viewer to think about logical solutions," Rahraw Omarzad said of The Third One, one of the films presented in Sight Unseen.

Sight Unseen is on view at the Asia Society, now through September 13th.

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New York Masjid: The Mosques of New York City

Edward Grazda's documentary project New York Masjid: The Mosques of New York City presents a fresh look at the New York Muslim community in recent years.

As part of Muslim Voices: Arts $ Ideas BAM hosted an exhibition of Grazda's photography. We present here a look at some of the photo on display, together with further information about the Muslim community in New York.

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Raising Voices, Raising Spirits

Qawwali, a 700-year-old tradition of hypnotic praise music, expresses the mystical Sufi practice of Islam in South Asia. Read more about the art of qawwali in this essay by UCLA scholar Hiromi Lorraine Sakata. Read more scholarly essays in our Resources section of this website.

Listen in on a clip of Pakistani qawwali master Faiz Ali Faiz performing with his ensemble.

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Master qawwali singer Faiz Ali Faiz of Pakistan participated in the Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas festival, performing together with gospel singer Craig Adams in an exuberant celebration of praise music.

Youssou N'Dour: The World Music Titan

Youssou N'Dour, an undisputed giant of world music, performed live at BAM as part of the Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas festival. A pioneer of the exuberant Senegalese style of music known as mbalax, N'Dour was introduced to American audiences on seminal albums such as Paul Simon's Graceland and Peter Gabriel's So.

As part of the festival, BAM also hosted the New York premiere of the film I Bring What I Love, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. The film follows the making of N'Dour's Grammy Award-winning album Egypt-- an album that marks both the artist's powerful Muslim faith and his impassioned plea for a more tolerant view of Islam.

The Bosses of Beatbox

Adam Matta and Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra are two of the world's leading human percussionists, known as beatboxers. They are among a range of the contemporary artists who performed at BAMcafe as part of Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.

Learn more about the artists that are a part of Muslim Voices at BAMcafe, and check out a rare sample of Matta and Muhammad performing together in this exclusive footage.