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The United States may have seen an unprecedented anti-Muslim backlash in recent months, but one New York museum has challenged perceptions by teaching children about the wealth and diversity of Islamic culture.Called "America to Zanzibar," the exhibition focuses on culture in Muslim communities, not religion itself, so the tenets and practices of Islamic doctrine have been left well alone.Ackerman says current events had nothing to do with the decision to mount the exhibition, which has been six years in the making.His desire is to lift the lid on culture in Muslim countries that is either poorly understood in the U.S. or not represented at all. One strong point of the exhibition is that it also focuses on Muslim heritage in the United States and not just on far-off countries.The exhibition will run at least a year before possibly traveling to other cities within the United States.
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