Islam sets out its stalls in Norwich

SHAUN LOWTHORPE Shoppers can browse around stalls with a Spanish and Moroccan flavour and learn about Muslim culture in Europe in Norwich.

SHAUN LOWTHORPE

Shoppers can browse around stalls with a Spanish and Moroccan flavour and learn about Muslim culture in Europe in Norwich.

Traders from Andalucia, in Southern Spain, and the North African country are selling goods from jewellery and silk scarves to olive oil during the four-day event, from Thursday August 19 to Sunday August 22, at the Forum.

Meanwhile, at the nearby Garage, in Chapelfield, a mini-conference will look at the history of Islam in Europe. There will be a series of talks on the subject and a screening of a film by director Ben Salem about a Norfolk woman, Aisha Wright, who became a Muslim in Spain.

Abdassamad Clarke, one of the organisers from Norwich-based Open Trade, said the hope was to make the market an annual event.

“We hope to get more traders next year, and we would like more Moroccans to become involved,” he said.

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He hoped the talks would also appeal to people interested in improving their understanding of Islam.

“The people who are doing this event are Europeans who have become Muslims,” he added. “We hope there will be room for an exchange or questions and answers. It's not just 'make a statement and leave it like that', we would like participation as well.”

The trading runs from 10am to 6pm. To find out more about the talks at the Garage, visit www.opentrade.org.uk

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