VICTORIA – Making a fusion between Islamic heritage and Australian culture, Australia’s first Islamic Museum has opened its doors to the public to showcase the Islamic culture and present the true-face of Islam.
“I think art is more universal and can really bring people from all faiths and cultures together and once you learn and understand you’ll actually celebrate these differences,” Moustafa Fahour, the Islamic museum co-founder, told ABC on Monday, March 3.
It’s about creating a “fusion between Australian infrastructure but a lot of Islamic principles, from traditional calligraphy to geometric tile patterns,” the co-founder added.
Planned since 2010, the dream of launching Australia’s first-ever Islamic Museum came true this month in a bid to highlight Muslim contributions in Australia and defy misconceptions about Islam.
Constructed in Melbourne with a budget of $10 million, the museum presents the tenets of Islam through various forms of arts.
The Museum is expected to enhance Australian’s understanding of Islam and help build bridges of communication.
Moreover, it includes galleries that display Islamic contributions to engineering, architecture and arts.