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Passion Islam I March 2010 ORLD NEWSW I 15
Obama names envoy
to Muslim world
U.S. President Barack Obama said he they wanted him to spell out specific
was naming a special envoy to a top actions to resolve long-running
Islamic body to further Washington’s problems like the Palestinian-Israeli
cooperation with the Muslim world. conflict.
Obama told a U.S.-Islamic World “And as a hafiz of the Quran,
Forum in the Qatari capital Doha in a (Hussain) is a respected member
recorded video message that he was of the American Muslim community,
naming White House official Rashad and I thank him for carrying forward
Hussain as special envoy to the 56- this important work,” Obama said in
member Organization of the Islamic his message to the Doha meeting,
Conference. using the term for someone who has
“As an accomplished lawyer and a Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and by the mastered and memorized the Muslim
close and trusted member of my White wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. holy book.
House staff, Rashad has played a key “Since then, my administration Hussain was named deputy
role in developing the partnerships I has made a sustained effort to listen. associate counsel to Obama in
called for in Cairo,” Obama said. We’ve held thousands of events and January 2009. He has served as a
“And as a hafiz of the Quran, town halls the United States and trial attorney at the U.S. Department
Hussain is a respected member of around the world ... And I look forward of Justice and as assistant on the
the American Muslim community, and to continuing the dialogue during my House Judiciary Committee, where
I thank him for carrying forward this visit to Indonesia next month,” Obama he reviewed legislation such as the
important work “ said. USA Patriot Act.
US President Barack Obama In a Obama told Muslims in his June 4 Hussain, who has a master’s
speech in Cairo last June, Obama speech in Cairo that violent extremists degree in public administration and
called for a “new beginning” in ties had exploited tensions between in Arabic and Islamic studies from
between the United States and Muslims and the West and that Islam Harvard University, graduated from
Muslims, many of whom felt targeted was not part of the problem. Yale Law School, where he served as
by the “war on terror” launched by His speech was welcomed by an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
President George W. Bush after the many Muslims, though some said
Paris museum to exhibit Islamic treasure
The head of the Musée des Arts “The exhibit will emphasize the disseminating and teaching the
Décoratifs, which is part of Les Arts influence of the Decorative Arts decorative arts, and its collections
Décoratifs in France and houses a collection in the field of decorative arts illustrating the history of the art of
prestigious collection of Islamic art in the 19th and 20th centuries… it will living, taste and customs make
and architecture, plans to hold an also underline the role that Islamic Art it an emblematic showcase for
exhibit in Doha at the Museum of plays in it.” craftsmanship and artistic creativity.
Islamic Art (MIA) in the second quarter Les Arts Décoratifs, a state- Spearheaded by David-Weill, the
of the year. approved non-profit organization, was International Committee includes over
Located in the Louvre Museum’s the creation of collectors, patrons of 60 foreign patrons with a passion for
western wing, known as the Pavilion the arts and manufacturers. France and the decorative arts.
de Marsan, the Musée des Arts Its collection, gradually amassed Their efforts have been
Décoratifs was founded in 1905 since its creation, now comprises over complemented by the support of the
by members of the Union des Arts 150,000 works, more than 90 percent museum’s board of governors and
Décoratifs. It houses and displays of which are generous gifts or bequests Les Amis des Arts Décoratifs. Some
furniture, interior design, altar pieces, – a tradition which has never waned, 20 firms and foundations have also
religious paintings, objets d’arts, because today, each year, works are chosen to support the museum’s
tapestries, wallpaper, ceramics and still joining its decorative arts, fashion, refurbishment and associate
glassware, plus toys from the Middle textiles and advertising collections. their image with that of Les Arts
Ages to the present day. Its activities in conserving, Décoratifs.
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