In a message dated 9/20/01 9:04:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< Thanks for posting these. I am interested because I find their art
beautiful and have used it as an example during my Math Art lessons. will
have to skip Islamic art this year - I doubt my students or their parents
could differentiate the artist from the suspected terrorists at this time.
I feel sad but have to be cautious. >>
I really can understand Roberta's concern about presenting Islamic art during
this traumatic time -- we never know how people will react. I think,
however, that it would be essential to keep this project in the curriculum to
illustrate the peaceful and humble nature of the true Islamic religion. The
art is so connected to the concept of harmony and unity that it could be a
very appropriate topic to teach. It also would help break down cultural
stereotypes, too. Just a thought!