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U to hold conference on Islamic developments in arts this week

The University of Minnesota's Religious Studies program will hold a conference on Islamic developments in architecture, the arts, sciences and theater Thursday through Saturday.

"Shared Cultural Spaces" will highlight the interactions of civilizations throughout history and "show how Islamic cultural imagination continues to enrich contemporary life," said Professor Nabil Matar, one of the conference's organizers.

The conference is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and conference sessions are free and open to the public. Events will take place at Carlson School of Management, Wilson Library and the Rarig Center. Log onto https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/sharedspaces/ for more information.