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    An exhibition of "Arts of Islam", which opens to the public at the Hayward Gallery in London on Friday (9 April), was previewed on Tuesday (6 April).

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    An exhibition of "Arts of Islam", which opens to the public at the Hayward Gallery in London on Friday (9 April), was previewed on Tuesday (6 April). It forms part of the three-month World of Islam festival.

    According to the exhibition catalogue, "Arts of "Islam" refers to all the arts of the Moslem peoples, whether religious or otherwise.

    The ample area of the Hayward Gallery is providing the space needed for the exhibition, which incorporates rugs, ceramics, miniatures, metalwork and calligraphy. The magnificence of Islamic architecture -- a difficult thing to show in an exhibition -- is being represented by models and slides.

    More than six hundred items will be on display at the gallery. Among them is a candlestick of beaten brass, decorated with alternate bands of inscription and scroll-work. Together with a similar candlestick in the museum of Islamic art in Cairo, the pair forms part of the restoration of the great Mosque at Medina, carried out In 1480.

    In the meantime, the biggest Islamic conference over to be staged in Europe continues in London.

    The aim of the conference is to present Islam in its true form, according to Salem Azzam, Secretary-General of the Islamic Council of Europe which organised the conference.

    Jewish organisations in Britain have expressed concern that the 10-day conference and the three-month festival might be used as a platform of Arab propaganda against Israel.

    But the Islamic council said the festival was only organised to foster better understanding and closer co-operation between Moslems and people of other religions.

    During its sessions, which end on 12 April, the conference will debate such themes as women in Islam, Islam and racial problems, Islam in Africa and Islam in relation to other faiths.

    This film is serviced with a speech by Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey. A transcript appears below.

    SYNOPSIS: An exhibition of Islamic art opens at the Hayward Gallery in London on Friday as the three-month "World of Islam" festival ends its first week.

    Among the six hundred items on display is a candlestick of beaten brass, which together with another in the museum of Islamic art in Cairo, forms part of the restoration to the Great Mosque at Medina in 1480.

    The exhibition also includes a mosque lamp of gilded and enamelled glass in 14th century Egyptian styling.

    According to the exhibition catalogue, the term, "Arts of Islam", refers to all the arts of the Moslem peoples, whether religious or secular. The ample area of the Hayward Gallery is providing the space needed for the exhibits which include rugs, ceramics, miniatures, metal work, calligraphy and architecture.

    In the meantime, the biggest Islamic conference ever to be staged in Europe continues at the Royal Commonwealth Society building in London. It is due to run until April the 12th.

    One of the speakers at the conference was Islamic author and scholar Muhammad Assad, whose topic was "the Koran and its message". The subjects being debated include such themes as women in Islam, Islam and racial problems, Islam in Africa and Islam in relation to other faiths.

    Hundreds of delegates and guests from all over the Islamic world are attending the conference.

    Jewish organisations in Britain expressed concern that the 10-day conference, together with the three-month World of Islam festival, might be used as a platform for Arab propaganda against Israel. But the organisers of the conference, the Islamic Council of Europe, said it was being held to foster better understanding and closer co-operation between Moslems and people of other religions. The Council said the major aim of the conference is to present Islam in its true form.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA841EAF26YRH3I4YBSFEC05O0Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA841EAF26YRH3I4YBSFEC05O0Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
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    N/A

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