Ancient Sudan and Islamic Calligraphy Nubia and the Kingdom of Kush

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 - Art Exhibit, Lecture, and Workshop By Dr. Abd-Elmoneim Dalouk

DrAbdElMneim Dalouk

Informative lecture titled "History of Ancient Sudan - Nubia". Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Abd-ElMoneim Dalouk, Assistant Professor of Sudanese Studies - Ahfad University for Women. Dr. Dalouk reviewed the history of ancient Sudan with a focus on Nubia and the Kingdom of Kush. He also addressed old stone age (Paleolithic age), new stone age (Neolithic age), Kingdom of Kush, Kingdom of Kerma that includes the civilizations of Kerma, Napta and Meroe; the Christian Era, Islamic Era of Funj and Mahadiya Era. This presentation is in the field of Folklore specifically in the area of "Material Culture" during the above mentioned time era and civilizations. Dr. Abd-Elmoneim is an assistant professor of Sudanese Studies at Ahfad University for Women.
Before his life as an assistant professor, Dr. Dalouk worked as the art director at Al Sahafa Printing and Publishing House and Newspaper and Al Ayyam Newspaper. Dr. Dalouk has earned his Ph.d. of Philosophy in Folklore from the University of Khartoum in Sudan, his M.A. in "Visual Communication in the Awareness of the Reproductive Health" from Sudan University of Science and Technology, a higher degree in Humanities, and his B.A. in Graphic Communications. He has published several books and articles in his areas of study and he splits his time between Sudan and the U.S. with his wife.

Sacred Words in Art - Including words of Quran, Hadith, and Rumi


Saturday, April 8th, 2017 - The Art of Salma Arastu             Exhibit on Display at MET APRIL 2 - MAY 28, 2017

MET's Monthly Forum and Potluck Dinner on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the MET Community Center. Our Keynote speaker was Salma Arastu, Calligrapher and Artist. Salma shared her art and talk about her exhibit "Celebration of Calligraphy: Sacred Words in Art."

About Salma Arastu

Salma Arastu was born in Rajasthan, India and she has been creating and exhibiting her paintings internationally since graduating with a Masters degree in Fine Arts from MS University, Baroda, India in 1974. Her work with continuous and lyrical line is influenced by her native culture and her residence after marriage in Iran and Kuwait before coming to the US in 1987.


Born into the Sindhi, Hindu tradition in her native India, she later embraced Islam through her marriage. At birth, Ms. Arastu was given the life-defining challenge of a left hand without fingers. Seeing the unity of an all-encompassing God, she was able to transcend the barriers often set-forth in the traditions of religion, culture and the cultural perceptions of handicap. She has almost 40 solo shows to her credit, won several awards including East Bay Community's fund for artists in 2012, three works in public places and three books published with her poems and paintings.
She has been invited to Germany twice, first on artist residency in 2000andIn 2011, Westphalia Wilhelm University in Münster, Germany invited to publish her paper "Art Informed by Spirituality" in the publication on the International Symposium: 'God Loves Beauty: Post Modern Views on Religion and Art.
Shortly after arriving in the United States, Salma became an entrepreneur with the creation of Your True Greetings, a successful greeting card company that uses her paintings and calligraphy to serve the needs of Muslim communities in the United States, Canada, Japan and Great Britain.

Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy Part 4: Latino Night

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Evening of Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy with the Latino American Community in Portland to foster an understanding of our Latino-American cultures. We enjoyed a conversation with our panelists, followed by a potluck dinner.

Alberto Moreno
Executive Director, Oregon Latino Health Coalition
Linda Castillo
Office of Neighborhood Involvement New Portlander Program
Alan Hipólito
Executive Director, Verde
Rev. Linda Jaramillo
Retired National Officer, The United Church of Christ


Sahar Bassyouni
Director, Islamic School of MET and Oregon Islamic Academy
Jawad Khan
Teacher, Oregon Islamic Academy
Ronault (Polo) Catalani
Office of Neighborhood Involvement New Portlander Program

Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy Part 3: Asia Night

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Evening of Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy with the Asian American Community in Portland fostered an understanding of our Asian-American cultures. We enjoyed Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist prayers; testimonies; and cultural performances, followed by a potluck dinner.

Gulzar Ahmed
MET Advisory Board
Harbaksh Mangat
Sikh Center of Oregon
Connie Masuoka
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Soo Pak
Portland Parks & Recreation 


Anita Menon
Indian American
Anjali School of Dance
Srijon Pathshala
PDXBangla School
Hossein Salehi
ArtMax Studio

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West, Central Muslim Asia to East and South East Asia Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism. and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea North and East of Africa and South Europe. Trade on the Silk Road played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, Korea, Japan, the South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Malaysia, Indonesia. Mediterranean , the North and West of Africa and Arabia. The Silk Road has opened a long-distance political, social and economic relations between the civilizations. Though silk was certainly the major trade item, but many other goods were traded like coffee, tea, spices, as well as religions, philosophies, and various technologies. Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres and sharing the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia varies greatly across and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems. The land of Asia is divided into six regions. These six regions are North Asia, Central Asia, Southwest Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Each region has something unique to offer.

Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy Part 2: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr: Incompatible or Complementary

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Evening of cultural diplomacy with the African American community in Portland, Oregon. We heard the story of the transformation of Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, followed by an engaging panel discussion titled "Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr: Incompatible or Complementary." Our panelists were Pastor Elbert Mondainé, Celebration Tabernacle Church; Pastor Matt Hennessee, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church; Imam Muhammad Najieb, Muslim Community Center of Portland; and Donna Maxey, Race Talks.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism.
Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 - February 21, 1965), also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. In 1964, as a result of a pilgrimage he took to Mecca, Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam and modified his views of black separatism and acknowledged his vision of the possibility of world brotherhood.

Silk Road Cultural Diplomacy Part 1: We Refuse to Be Enemies

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Celebrating 20+ Years of Friendship with our Jewish Sisters and Brother. We are celebrating friendship and relationships that have sustained our beautiful communities. There are so many individuals that have contributed to this respect and love against all political divisions. These individuals include:

Late Dr. Nohad Toulan
Late Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield
Jim Hana
Ned Rosch


Salma Ahmed

Gulzar Ahmed

Frank Afranji

Steven Wasserstrom


Shahriar Ahmed

Rabbi Daniel Isaak

Maxine Fookson

Rabbi Joey Wolf


Wajdi Said

Hala Gores

Gloria Tuma and Aseel Nasir-Dyck

We were joined by our dear friends at Havurah Shalom and friends from the larger community. Our keynote speakers were Senior Rabbi Joey Wolf of Havurah Shalom and Mr. Wajdi Said, President of Muslim Educational Trust. Rabbi Joey Wolf and Mr. Wajdi Said have engaged leaders from the Arab, Jewish and Muslim communities over the last 20 years. We want to pay respect and celebrate our Rabbi Joey Wolf. We enjoyed a discussion followed by dinner together celebrating our friendship of over 20 years.