National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei is holding the "Islamic Cultural Exhibition (伊斯蘭文化展)" from April 9 through April 18, showcasing art and artifacts from Islamic countries around the world to deepen people's understanding of Islamic culture.
Jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Chinese Muslim Association, and foreign missions of Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, the exhibition is divided into four sections, featuring Arabic calligraphy, Islamic artifacts, introduction to renowned mosques, and Islamic community in Taiwan respectively.
In addition to the exhibition, a two-day event with a number of interactive activities will be held on Apr. 17 and 18 outside the memorial hall. The activities include artists showcasing their skill in Arabic calligraphy, introductions to the Islamic community and halal industry in Taiwan. Visitors can also experience Eid-al-Fitr traditions and enjoy halal delicacies at sunset during the weekend. Eid-al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of fasting during Ramadan.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Tsao Li-jey (曹立傑) stated that, the government has worked to build a Muslim-friendly environment in Taiwan, and it will continue deepening Taiwan's friendship with Islamic countries. Muslims have lived in harmony with other ethnic groups in Taiwan, and the Islamic community has contributed to Taiwan's cultural and religious diversity, Tsao said.
National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall's director-general Wang Lan-sheng (王蘭生) said that there is a general lack of understanding of Islamic culture in Taiwan, and, he believes that Taiwanese will have a deeper understanding of the Islamic culture through this exhibition. He added that, Taiwan is a diverse and friendly society, with increasing number of Muslims working and travelling in Taiwan in recent years, the society has more knowledge and higher acceptance towards Muslims’ customs.
According to data provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), there are approximately 250,000 Muslims currently living in Taiwan, of whom 50,000 are Taiwanese and 200,000 are foreign nationals.
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