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Nearly half of humanity — Jews, Christians, and Muslims — claim the same spiritual ancestor, Abraham. Explore what these faiths have in common through Families of Abraham, a powerful photographic narrative.
A team of eight local documentary photographers followed 11 different Jewish, Christian and Muslim families from the Charlotte area for a year, documenting daily life and faith practices. They captured holy days across the three religions, as well as family milestones and moments from every day life.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sometimes referred to as the Abrahamic religions because of the role Abraham plays in their holy books and beliefs. Today three billion people — half the world's population — call him father, patriarch, spiritual ancestor. While modern Judaism, Christianity and Islam share Abraham's faith in one God and many ethical teachings, each religion speaks in its own distinctive voice.
This exhibition explores these similarities as well as the distinctive voices found across the three faiths.
Families of Abraham was created by Eleanor Brawley, curator, with assistance from the Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, North Carolina and made possible by generous grants from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Arts and Science Council and Lilly Endowment, Inc.