Muslim Peace Fellowship presents an evening
with renowned poet Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
and world-famous calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya.
Join us in celebrating the tranquility and wisdom of Islamic spiritual art
as two American masters share their work and inspiration.
May 16, 2009
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Reception and book signing with light refreshments to follow the presentation.
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Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore was born in 1940 in Oakland, California. His first book of poems, Dawn Visions, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964. From 1966 to 1969, Mr. Moore wrote and directed ritual theatre for his Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in Berkeley, California. When he became a Muslim in 1970, he took the name Abd al-Hayy, and began traveling extensively in Europe and North Africa. After ten years of not writing, however, Moore “renounced his renunciation” and published the first three of what would become many books of poetry:The Desert is the Only Way Out, The Chronicles of Akhira, and Halley’s Comet. He also organized poetry readings for the Santa Barbara Arts Festivals and wrote the libretto for a commissioned oratorio by American composer Henry Brant, entitled Rainforest, which had its world premiere at the Arts Festival there on April 21, 1989. In 1990 Mr. Moore moved with his family to Philadelphia. He continues to write and reads his work publicly across the country.
Mohamed Zakariya is an Islamic calligrapher, artist, and maker of custom instruments from the history of science. Born in Ventura, California, in 1942, he began his study of Islamic calligraphy in 1961. After continuing his studies with A.S. Ali Nour in Tangier, Morocco, and independently at the British Museum, he was invited in 1984 by the Research Center for Islamic History, Art, and Culture (IRCICA) in Istanbul to study with two celebrated Turkish calligraphers, Hasan Celebi and Ali Alparslan. In 1988, Zakariya received the prized ijazet (diploma) in thuluth/naskh script from Mr. Celebi in a ceremony in Istanbul, and in 1997, he received the ijazet in ta’liq from Dr. Alparslan. In 2001, Zakariya designed the calligraphy for the “Eid Greetings” U.S. Postal stamp, the first to commemorate a Muslim holiday. He has presented numerous workshops and lectures on Islamic calligraphy, and his calligraphic works have been exhibited widely in this country and abroad. He is the author of numerous articles and monographs.
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