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Arab cultures in spotlight at University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba is educating students about aspects of Arab cultures through an exhibit set up at Marshall McLuhan Hall at the University Center.

Arabic calligraphy, Arabian horses and Arab scientists are a focus of the exhibit, a representative says

Cultural diversity on display at the University of Manitoba

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The University of Manitoba is educating students about aspects of Arab cultures through an exhibit set up at Marshall McLuhan Hall at the University Center. 1:32

The University of Manitoba is educating students about aspects of Arab cultures through an exhibit set up at Marshall McLuhan Hall at the University Center.

According to Rawia Azzahrawi, an Arabic language instructor in the university's faculty of arts, the exhibit shows clothing, food and cities that are associated with Arab cultures.

Arabic calligraphy, Arabian horses and Arab scientists are also a focus, Azzahrawi said.

Henna tattoos are prepared at the University of Manitoba's exhibit on Arab cultures around the world. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

The exhibit opened at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. It runs until 3 p.m. and it is open to all students on campus. One hundred students from two public schools in Winnipeg will also visit the display. 

Once there, students have the opportunity to create Arab culture-related art and calligraphy.
In this section of the exhibit, representatives of Morocco show Arab culture as it appears in the country. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Azzahrawi said 13 countries are participating in creating the exhibit through representative groups in Manitoba.

For example; Saudi Arabia is part of the display through the Saudi Students Association, Palestine is represented by the Canadian Palestinians of Manitoba and Syria is participating through the Syrian Assembly of Manitoba.

Other countries involves include Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Somalia, Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan.
A display of Egyptian artefacts that show Arab culture in the country at the University of Manitoba's exhibit on Wednesday. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

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