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O People, 2009
Arabic Sulus script
This limited edition lithograph was designed exclusively to commemorate a work of Mohamed Zakariya's calligraphy originally commissioned (link to press release) by U.S. President Barack Obama as a gift to King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia on June 3, 2009. O People is the first of Mohamed Zakariya's works in a print medium. It is also the first limited edition lithograph to be created by a major Muslim-American artist, and the only work of Islamic calligraphy to be transformed by this traditional printmaking process. The text represented on the piece is taken from the Qur'ran (Surah 49:Ayah 13). The English translation of this text reads, " O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you many recognize one another. The noblest among you in God’s sight is the most conscientious of you. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware."