Asturlab Cultural Centre emerged from a genuine need for a ‘home away from home.’ Our journey has been marked by grassroots events, strategic collaborations, and our drive to establish a Muslim-led social enterprise that serves as a permanent, community hub of Islamic heritage and culture and a guiding light for all Muslims in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Asturlab began before it became an officially established charitable trust in 2021. It started with a single individual, who warmly opened his home to introduce a newcomer into the Muslim communities of Canterbury.
We are currently looking for a centrally located space in Christchurch. Asturlab endeavors to be a safe place for members of the ethnic Muslim communities – a place where they can feel respectfully understood and able to comfortably socialise in traditional ways.
The Name Asturlab
This name was chosen by our founder, Dr Mohammad Abu Dalu, who was inspired after listening to a podcast about astrolabes. The astrolabe is an ancient hand-held device, invented during the Hellenistic period of Greece and used to make many different astrological and astronomical calculations.