The Muslim Graves of Southeast Michigan
Friday, December 20, 2013
Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus
The 39 photographs presented by Ronald R. Stockton, professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, demonstrate the incredible diversity of the Muslim population burial styles.
Muslims have been in Southeast Michigan for well over a century. They are buried in at least 20 different places. In their burial styles, they are not a uniform community but are a mosaic of diverse ethnic and religious sub-communities drawn from around the world. They include individuals from at least 26 different countries, former countries, or special ethnic or religious groups. Many of these have their own ways of expressing their final sentiments. Some stones emphasize faith in God. Others emphasize national or ethnic heritage, hobbies, clubs, affiliations, happy marriages, or proud military service.
This exhibit is ongoing through March 13, 2014. Free and open to the public. For more information call the GVSU Art Gallery at (616) 331-2563 or visit: www.gvsu.edu/artgallery/