From the UK Independent, with thanks to Archduke.
Europe’s biggest exhibition of modern-day Islam will take place in London a year after the 7 July bombings in an effort to depict the religion in a positive light.
The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, is set to launch the event which hopes to “combat the myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings of Islam”. IslamExpo will consist of a series of exhibitions on Islam’s cultural heritage, lectures, debates, films, stand-up comedy and workshops at Alexandra Palace. Organisers plan to invite survivors of the Tube attacks to attend with a special commemoration on the day.
It is hoped that the event will help to improve relations between Britain’s 1.8 million Muslims and the wider community.
The exhibitions will be divided into three zones: “Discover Islam”, which will feature famous mosques and a demonstration on a prayer platform; “Muslim Civilisation”, which traces Islam’s history; and “Muslim World”, which covers Palestinian history, religious chants and a gallery of famous converts. Seminars ranging from democracy and jihad to Muslim gardening and agriculture will also take place.
The event has received the backing of numerous Muslim groups as well as the al-Jazeera news channel and the Greater London Authority If it is successful, it could become an annual event in London…