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Museum Of Islamic Art Is Fighting Terror

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"Art teaches children that Islam is not a terrorist religion," said Yumna Khalid, a 20-year-old volunteer guide studying Islamic archaeology at Egypt’s Ain Shams University.

"It is not like what people say now about Islam. No, we have had brilliant artists and scientists." Maher Daniel agrees. He is an award-winning cartoonist and animation director for Egyptian state television – and a Christian.

He contributed the illustrations to the children’s guidebook free of charge. Aladdin and the Magic Shirt spins a fantasy tale introducing the reader to the main pieces of each exhibit.

Egypt has passed through several crises, and children have not received enough attention,’ says Daniel. "The museum strives to address [the child’s] mind, promoting our shared heritage, for both Muslims and Christians."

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