Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – Taiwan holds an Islamic Cultural Exhibition at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on April 9-18, 2021.
The event aims to increase Taiwanese people’s understanding of Islamic cultures, according to a written statement from the Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO).
There are four main themes of the exhibition, namely Arabic calligraphy, Islamic artifacts, Islamic architecture (famous mosques), and Islam in Taiwan.
The exhibition also features Islamic cultural experiences that are held in an outdoor area of the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on April 17-18. This event allows visitors to watch Arabic calligraphy making processes, as well as enjoy fast breaking meals and typical Taiwanese halal snacks.
The Islamic cultural exhibition is jointly organized by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chinese Muslim Association, the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, as well as representative institutions from Indonesia and other countries in Taiwan.
There are now more than 200,000 foreign Muslims in Taiwan, who come to the Formosa Island for such different reasons as marriage, work, and education.
In addition, there are about 50,000 Muslims who are the original of Taiwanese.
Muslim cultures and Taiwanese cultures have long been closely integrated.
In recent years, the Taiwanese government, five-star hotels and restaurants, as well as tourist attractions have intensively made Taiwan a Muslim-friendly environment.
The effort is successful with Taiwan placing the third in the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI).
Many medical institutions in Taiwan have also obtained Muslim Friendly Environment certification.
A number of hospitals on the Formosa Island offer various halal food menus for their patients. Hospital managements also provide education and training programs for their health workers in understanding Muslim cultures in order to improve the quality of medical care services for Muslim patients.
Religious freedom and tolerance among religious believers are one of the characteristics of Taiwanese society.
In addition, Taiwan’s success in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognized by the world.
As of April 11, 2021, the total number of confirmed cases in Taiwan is 1,057 people, with 11 deaths.
Reporting by Indonesia Window