Defense Date

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Design

First Advisor

Richard J Lombard

Second Advisor

Diane C Derr

Third Advisor

Ovamir Anjum

Fourth Advisor

Michael Wirtz

Abstract

A Muslim should be encouraged to comprehend the benefit

and value behind every aspect of Islamic practice and wisdom,

and not just practice their religion because they were told to do

so. The products proposed in this thesis aim to achieve this by

inviting and encouraging a Muslim to practice The Five Pillars

of Islam while comprehending their value through the use of

modern means such as Arduino technology, 3D printing and

visual computing programing.

I am provoked by the fact that the circle of Gulf-region Muslims

I’m surrounded by, and have been exposed to since childhood,

belong to one of two stereotypes: those against or afraid of

change who force adherence to religious chapter and verse,

or those straying further and further away from our religion’s

rituals and traditions. Can the practice of religion, and the

values that it teaches us, be made more accessible and

engaging by incorporating the very technology that is often

accused of distracting us from its practice?

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-6-2015

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