To learn more about Omar Ibn Said and the commercial, cultural, and spiritual connections between his native West Africa and slavery in the Carolinas, check out the materials listed here. For more information and to hear directly from many of the experts cited below, attend the remaining Exploring Omar discussions on March 12 and April 23, leading up to the May 22 world premiere of Spoleto’s new commissioned opera, Omar.

We recommend starting here → A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said by Omar Ibn Said, translated and edited by Ala Alryyes (Find it on Amazon)

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NOTE: The 2020 Festival has been cancelled. For more information, click here.