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Fitrah: A Spiritual Journey

Gazzaz, Sara (2018) Fitrah: A Spiritual Journey. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Gazzaz, Sara
Abstract:

Abstract
This thesis addresses the notion of preserving self-identity using personal experience as a Muslim immigrant with cultural concerns of maintaining the practice of Islamic prayer rituals in a secular environment. It explores how the use of art practices in conjunction with digital technology can create a work that presents a deeper understanding of a Muslim immigrant’s need for a space to practice their prayer rituals. It discusses works by Edward Said, Stuart Hall and Frantz Fanon that are tied to acts of resistance and inequalities in various global settings. My project uses autoethnography and practice-led research that provide me with the appropriate methodological framework to create an installation that conceptualizes the experience of an Islamic prayer. Fitrah is a digital interactive installation which uses Islamic artifacts, light and audio to express my spiritual journey and preserve my Islamic prayer rituals in shared spaces.

Keywords: Self-Identity, Rituals, Prayer, Multi-faith Spaces, Islam, Diversity, Autoethnography, Practice Led Research, Islamic Art, Digital Technology, Religion, Digital Interactive Installation, Orientalism.

Date: 9 May 2018
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 19:53
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 19:53
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2265

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