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Published May 2nd 2015
History, culture, art and heritage at the Islamic Museum
Curiosity and interest brought me to the Islamic Museum of Australia. I was interested to know more after I stumbled across it on an internet search.
As I drove up Anderson Road in Thornbury I was anxiously trying to find the Museum, but the shabby industrial buildings obstructed my view. Then, when I finally saw it towards the end of the road, I was so impressed and excited by the beauty of the architecture. With its oxidised iron slabs forming an interesting and imposing frontage there is a feeling that it somehow lives perfectly on that industrialised street and as you enter this unique building it is even more beautiful inside.
Panels of perforated oxidised iron creates a sculptural focal point that shields the large glass window panels and forms captivating pockets of diffused light and shadow which fills the lobby and corridor. The extremely courteous and welcoming Museum attendant, who gave me an overview of the exhibitions with enthusiasm, said that if you stand back and look at the perforations from a distance you can see the outline shapes of Australian animals.
The Museum is a community foundation with the vision of establishing a leading cultural institution. It showcases the arts, history, culture, and rich heritage of Islam and Muslim societies in Australia and around the world.
The first explains Islamic faith. It addresses important matters from fasting, prayer, the role of women, to Islamic dress. I personally found fascinating the connections with The Bible and the acceptance of Jesus (known as Isa) within The Prophetic Family Tree. I wasn't previously aware of the parallels and it was a wonderful learning experience.
The fifth gallery is the Australian Muslim History Exhibition which I found very interesting. It featured photos, memorabilia and profiles on Muslim Australians that have contributed to Australian society, such as the Australian war hero Moheddeen Abdul Ghias 'Bob' Howsan who served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II.