This exhibition highlights and responds to the little-known contributions of Muslim soldiers during the First World War.
It is the result of a creative, participatory summer course held in Glasgow and Arrochar as part of the community project “Remember Us – Muslim Communities and the First World War”.
Made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “First World War Then and Now” programme, the “Remember Us” project has enabled diverse participants in Glasgow and across the West of Scotland to come together to explore the heritage of many Muslim people who lived through this time period. The project has offered the opportunity for intergenerational volunteers to delve into archives in order to develop their knowledge of the contributions of those often left out of mainstream narratives.
Throughout the summer period, participants in Glasgow and Arrochar have attended training sessions, workshops, and visits to a local Mosque and the GlasweAsians exhibition by the Colourful Heritage Project. As a result of this, participants have developed skills in photography, research, media literacy, exhibition curation, and creative participatory practice. Using these skills, the two groups have contributed to this community exhibition which showcases their learning and responses. This project process has encouraged intercultural dialogue and this final exhibition aims to aid in breaking down barriers and misconceptions through a more inclusive analysis of historical events.
We hope this exhibition will contribute to changing negative attitudes and behaviours often faced by Muslim communities due to mainstream media portrayals of global incidents.