Film Screening of 'Ayat Ayat Cinta' (The Verses of Love)

Project Nur will host a screening of "Ayat Ayat Cinta" (The Verses of Love), an Indonesian romance in which the story’s Muslim protagonists must navigate the difficulties of living according to moral ideals in the real world. The screening will be held in Hellems 201 on Wednesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the course of the film and a discussion will follow.

In the story, Fahri bin Abdillah, a poor but intelligent student, wins a scholarship to Al Azhar University, which is regarded as the most important center for Islamic learning and intellectual thought for the past 1,000 years. With his life on track he must overcome his shyness around women in order to complete a final personal goal: marriage. Despite his nervousness, Fahri’s virtuous character and honorable behavior attracts four women. Their competition for him, while he remains wholly oblivious of their affections, results in a story which is sometimes hilarious, tragic, joyous, and tearful; but ultimately Ayat Ayat Cinta speaks for the struggle of humanity to retain itself in the face of adversity.

Adopted from Habiburrahman el-Shirazy’s novel, which carried the subtitle “The Value of Love in Islam,” Ayat Ayat Cinta provides insight into a variety of contemporary images and debates within Indonesian society about love that sometimes ignores religious identity and the nature of marriage. In this way, it profiles an alternative to the Arab-centric and Middle East-centric views and characterizations of Muslims and Islam.

Project Nur is a student group on campus dedicated to fighting for religious freedom and against intolerance. We are especially concerned with dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslims—both in the United States and around the world—which lead to hate, violence, and dehumanization on all sides.

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