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July 29, 2022 – December 12, 2022

This exhibit shares some of the dynamic and living history of African-American Muslims, promoting health, business, education, culture, community, service, and institution-building here in Durham.
There have been Muslims in the Americas since at least the fifteenth century.  The first known mosque in North Carolina was established in 1958 in Durham.  This mosque became an important hub in the struggle for civil and human rights and inspired a social awakening across the region.  Now called Ar- Razzaq Islamic Center, this local mosque revitalized the West End neighborhood of Durham providing essential educational and economic opportunities as well as a creative space for religious & cultural beauty and well-being.

The term Ar-Razzaq conveys one of God’s beautiful names meaning “The Provider.” 

This exhibition was developed by Mona Hassan, Meg Brown, Naomi S. Feaste, Brittany Forniotis, and Najla McClain in cooperation with Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, with generous funding from the Office of the Provost, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Duke Human Rights Center.

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July 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm: Summer Preview in the Exhibit Space (the main entrance of Perkins Library)

September 15, 2022 at 7:00-8:00 pm: "The Institutional and Educational Legacy of Imam W.D. Mohammed" Lecture by Imam Rashad Abdur-Rahman in the Mary Lou Williams Center (Basement), Zoom 924 6443 3229

September 16, 2022 at 3:30 pm: Visit with Hajjah Aneesah Dawan in the Exhibit Space at the main entrance of Perkins Library

September 22, 2022 at 6 pm: Special Event for Focus Seminar Students with Mona Hassan, Najla McClain, and Abdulhafeez Waheed

September 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm: Special Event for Duke Human Rights Certificate and Islamic Studies Certificate Students with Mona Hassan and Najla McClain

October 12, 2022 at 6 - 7:30 pm: "A Conversation with Brother Ali & Joshua Salaam"  Perkins Library Room 217, Korman Assembly Room

November TBD: "Qur'anic Commentary, Rhetoric, and Translation" Lecture by Professor Ahmad Khan (American University in Cairo & Columbia University)

December 4, 2022 at 1:00-5:00 pm, Closing celebration, speakers from 2-3:30 pm, exhibit tours from 3:30-5:00 pm.

This exhibition was sponsored in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

History of Ar-Razzaq Buildings