The students began the exhibit by examining an ancient Torah scroll and ancient Quranic manuscripts with beautiful illumination surrounding the words in the margins. The students were amazed to see the artwork that accompanied many of the Muslim and Jewish texts, and found common ground while trying to decipher the hard to read words in faded ancient manuscripts.
Overall the event proved to be a wonderful spark for meaningful conversation and dialogue between the Muslim and Jewish students. By viewing portions of their shared and distinct histories side by side, the students were better able to appreciate the joint history of the two religions, and the similarities that the religions have developed throughout the ages.
photo credit: http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/three-faiths-judaism-christianity-islam