Magazine article Islamic Horizons

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Magazine article Islamic Horizons

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* Georgia's Forsyth County approved the county's first mosque, Alpharetta's Hamzah Islamic Center, on 2 Oct. Located on a 12-acre lot, the 25,000 sq. ft. building will feature a 150-car parking lot. Tareef Saeb (chairman, Hamza Islamic Center) led the bruising approval process to success. The community started praying in its present location in 2005. Metro Atlanta has about thirty-seven mosques and an estimated 80,000 Muslims.

* The Yale University Libraryand the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are creating a virtual gallery of Islamic manuscripts (approx. 20,000 pages in Arabic, Persian, and western scripts) through a joint $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Britain's Joint Information Systems Committee.

The YaIe-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery will improve access to trans-Atlantic collections of manuscripts, as well as their own manuscript catalogues and dictionaries, thereby creating a digital archive accessible to researchers in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. This grant continues Yale's current Arabic digitization efforts, which have been ongoing since 2001.

* Hartford Seminary has expanded its campus and classroom space to provide more space for the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and ChristianMuslim Relations, additional classroom space, and a longneeded lounge.

The new Martin and Aviva Budd Interfaith Building will house the center's faculty and staff along with other faculty and programs, including the Building Abrahamic Partnership Program, faculty offices, classrooms and seminar space, a prayer room, archive space for "The Muslim World" journal, and space for visiting scholars. …

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