Media: Arabic Lantern.
Dimensions: Glass Jar
References: Sami Yousef
Our art project goal is to decompose the stereotypes of Islamic views to others. In order to achieve this, I have decided to write Sami Youssef’s songs on a lantern that I made out of a jar. In all of Sami Youssef’s song, he talks about light, peace and joy; therefore, I tried to link these words with the idea of a fanous. I picked Sami Youssef because he is a well know British singer-songwriter and composer. He always has a message in his songs about Islam, peace and love. Although he studied law in Kings College in London, he pursed a musical career and tried to portray Islam in a different perspective. His message is that Islam is not what the media or the west shows it. His songs are incredibly peaceful along with his voice. He believes that music can be a "powerful medium to promote ideas and establish dialogue within society”. He combined Eastern percussive instrumentation and Western melodies in "Al-Mu’allim" with a focus on the English and Arabic languages.
Moreover, there is a verse in Quran in surah al Noor (Chapter 24) where it says that “ Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth; the example of His light is like a niche in which is a lamp; the lamp is in a glass; the glass is as if it were a star shining like a pearl, kindled by the blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west – it is close that the oil itself get ablaze although the fire does not touch it; light upon light; Allah guides towards His light whomever He wills; and Allah illustrates examples for mankind; and Allah knows everything”
My name is Kinda Kamel, a fourth year student, studying finance in the American University in Dubai. Although am a finance student, I am interest in art, books, cooking and sport. I strongly believe that one should have a solid knowledge in all fields in order to be cultured. General knowledge is a key in today’s world to approach people with different perceptions and views of life.