Jakarta Post: by Ahmad Syam —
Jane Devlin observed each picture on display at the Australian Muslim History Gallery, located at the upper level of the newly opened Islamic Museum of Australia in Melbourne.
The young British woman, who was born and raised in Australia, would occasionally glance at the text
describing a specific picture that caught her attention.
It was her first visit to the museum, which was opened to the public on March 3 this year.
She said the museum facilitated a positive understanding of Islam, which had been tainted with a negative image of late.
“Culturally, the museum strengthens Australia’s image as one of the most multicultural countries in the world,” Devlin says.
Another visitor, Rima Darwiche, said the museum would play an important role in challenging the prevalent stereotypes regarding Islam, which are often linked to terrorism, while in fact, Islam encourages peace.