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Workshop LC1: Perfume and Incense of the Islamic Golden Age
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop LC1: Perfume and Incense of the Islamic Golden Age
Workshop Code: LC1
Workshop Title:  Perfume and Incense of the Islamic Golden Age

In this workshop, you will explore the role of scent in Islamic civilization.  You will learn about the history of perfume use during the Islamic golden age and also be introduced to the Muslim scientists who revolutionized perfumery by discovering techniques that are used until now in the industry.  You will get to examine common scents used in Muslim culture and use essential oils to formulate personal perfume and incense concoctions.  No previous experience necessary.

Instructor:  Sharyn Omar
Ticket Price:  $35 online / $40 at the door
Date:  Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time:  5:30 PM  7:00 PM (1.5 hours)

Materials provided by Zawaya:  essential oils, bottles, perfume strip sniffers, incense starters

Materials you need to bring:  none

Recommended reading:  "Essence and Alchemy" by Mandy Aftel; "The Secret of Scent" by Luca Turin

About the Instructor:  Sharyn Omar is a perfume hobbyist with experience in the industry.  She has a degree in chemistry and currently works in childhood education.

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This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:  www.zawaya.org

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Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.

Location

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Categories

Arts > Visual
Education > Workshops
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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