Mugiyono Kasido

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Mugiyono Kasido

Mugiyono Kasido performs Kabar Kabur (The Rumors) for the Muslim Voices Conference.

Mohd Anis Md Nor

Mohd Anis Md Nor is professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the Cultural Centre (School of Performing Arts), University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He earned his B.A. Honors from the University of Malaya, M.A. (Dance Ethnology) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and PhD. (Southeast Asia Studies and Musicology) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Mohd Anis Md Nor

Professor Mohd Anis Md Nor speaks to the importance of the arts and the role of culture in society.

Diponegoro: The Complete Libretto

Written by Dipondgoro and sung as libretto in the production
translated into English from Javanese by Kathryn Emerson, Jakarta.

Verses 1-2 in Sinom metre :
(from The History of Dipanegara in the land of Ngyogyakarta Adiningrat, Volume I)

A poem in sinom verse serves as our opening,
With the intent to preserve,

In His Own Words: Sardono Reflects on Diponegoro

Diponegoro is a performance that reconstructs Prince Diponegoro’s journey that sparked off what became known as the War of Diponegoro (1825-1830). The wide support of the people, the large number of victims, the huge costs, and the charismatic leadership of Diponegoro make this war one of Indonesia’s most popular symbols of resistance.

Mahnaz Fancy

Mahnaz Fancy is the Development Director for the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund. Prior to this position, Fancy served as Executive Director of Arts of the Islamic World Virtual Museum.

Mahnaz Fancy

The arts and culture expert shares her perspective on the impact and importance of Muslim Voices.

Sayyeda Mirza Jafri

Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri is a strategic philanthropy consultant. Most recently she was the Project Manager for One Nation, a philanthropic collaborative that challenges stereotypes and misperceptions of Muslim and Islam in America. Prior to One Nation, Mrs. Mirza-Jafri was engaged in developing a Middle East and North Africa leadership program for the EastWest Institute. Mrs.

Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri

Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri, a strategic philanthropy consultant and member of the Muslim Voices Community Committee, shares her reflections on what the festival has brought to its audiences. "Muslim Voices offers clarity without judgment," Mirza-Jafri said.

Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper has been at the Asia Society since 1993 where she is the Director of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts. She has extensive experience in the presentation of traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American arts and culture. She oversees the development and presentation of Asia Society programs in music, dance, theater, film, literature.

Rachel Cooper

In this exclusive interview, Asia Society's Director of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts Ms. Rachel Cooper describes the significance of Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas. "It's about artists discovering each other," she says. "And listening to each other."

Zeyba Rahman

Zeyba Rahman develops and directs integrated cultural and educational platforms for performing, visual and literary arts as well as film. From 1997-2007, Rahman served as a Director of Morocco’s Fès Festival of World Sacred Music and its companion Fès Forum.

Zeyba Rahman

Senior Project Advisor Zeyba Rahman shares an extraordinary scene she witnessed in Fez, Morocco and, through that experience, her sense of the arts as a unique cultural bridge. "Culture connects emotionally," Rahman said. "Through the heart."

Aisha al-Adawiya

Aisha al-Adawiya is the founder and executive director of Women in Islam, an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Ms. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences, symposia and other forums on Islam, gender equity, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural understanding.

Aisha al Adawiya

Aiysha al Adawiya discusses the roles and responsibilities of art as a community liaison.

Shirin Neshat: Beyond The House is Black

Shirin Neshat is a leading contemporary artist. In her videos, films, and photographs she draws upon her Iranian heritage for inspiration and addresses the complexities of the contemporary Muslim world through visually arresting imagery. She has exhibited her works internationally at major museums, galleries, and performance halls.

Shirin Neshat

"Politics and the social environment have defined my life," the visual artist and filmmaker said. "And therefore my work."

Sulayman Al-Bassam: Muslim Voices on the Arab Stage

Born in Kuwait in 1972, Sulayman Al-Bassam graduated from Edinburgh University and went on to found Zaoum Theatre in London in 1996. Sabab Theatre is the Arabic arm, established in Kuwait in 2002. Led by Al-Bassam and working alongside mixed groups of Arab and Western performers, the company's work challenges, questions and celebrates the complex relationship between the Arab world and the West.

Sulayman Al-Bassam discusses his interpretive work, Richard III: An Arab Tragedy and the implications of bringing Shakespeare to the Arab stage.

Asad ur Rahman

Asad ur Rahman received his B.A. (Honors) degree in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and advanced degrees from Aligarh Muslim University in India and Cambridge University. While at London University, Rahman focused his research on late Victorian poetry.

Asad ur Rahman

Asad ur Rahman on what this festival means to him, both personally and more broadly.

Amira Zahid

Amira Zahid is the Founder and Trustee of the Dahesh Museum of Art, the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Amria Zahid

Amria Zahid on the role and importance of Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.

Anisa Mehdi

Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy Award-winning journalist specializing in religion, and the arts.

Anisa Mehdi

Prof. Anisa Mehdi discusses the impact of Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.

Community Voices

Raden Salah painting, Diponegoro