Most of Ali's work uses water colors along with black Chinese ink. The subjects Ali choosse are mostly Arabic calligraphy in different fonts with the inclusion of Arabesque, organic and geometric designs; Turkish designs, old Iraqi folkloric designs and Baghdadi traditional design such as doors, windows, domes, and arches inspired by old architecture.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ call on every European parish to host one refugee family, guided by Guilford’s Quaker tradition and history, and animated by the Arab-Islamic word for campus (حرم) which means “sanctuary,” Diya Abdo, associate professor of English, founded Every Campus a Refuge, an initiative which calls on every college and university around the world to host one refugee family on their campus grounds and to assist them in resettlement. Now, more than ever, private colleges and universities can play a pivotal role in housing and resettling refugees. Guilford College has hosted Ali and his family as part of Every Campus a Refuge. To learn more about Every Campus A Refuge, please visit www.everycampusarefuge.net or email Diya Abdo at firstname.lastname@example.org