Universe, Multi-Verse and Divine Verses
Our First National Tour
In the Qur’an, God instructs us to “tell stories, so that people may reflect” (7:176) and that He “does not send a messenger save in the tongue of the people” (14:4).
These two, and many other, scriptural verses have blossomed in countless unique sacred cultures throughout Islamic history, from Morocco to China.
As our own society and culture moves quickly into a new era, of the meta-verse, we find ourselves in deep reckoning with the reality of our existence.
From the Matrix and Spider-Man, to Meta and Star Wars, contemporary art has long since contemplated these and other existential questions.
How can Islamic spirituality help us meander and maneuver around this deluge of information and fast-paced technological journey. How can Islamic metaphysics, as rooted in the Quran and Hadith, allow us to decipher the ode from the code, of our present age.
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Dr. Ali Hussain has a PhD in Theology from the University of Michigan, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. His research focuses on the image of Jesus Christ in Islamic Spirituality.
He is also is a poet, musician, part-time photographer and educator on the sacred dimensions of the creative process. This artistic career converges with his academic focus on the contemporary cultural challenges facing the American Muslim community.
In 2018, Dr. Hussain founded the Nostalgic Remembrance Project, an initiative that developed, in 2021, into The Adhwaq Center for Spirituality, Culture and the Arts, a non-profit organization that explores the intersection of spirituality and creativity in contemporary culture.
His publications include both Arabic and English collections of poems and prose, such as Art in Memoirs: Setting Forth, Art in Memoirs: Following the Traces and The Souk of Nostalgia.