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Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

Booth Library is presenting Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, through April 15. The library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

Booth Library will host a five-part, scholar-led discussion series on the theme Pathways of Faith, in addition to exhibits and other related programming.

Books in the series are The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown, The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, and A Rumi Anthology edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson. Book discussions will be led by Brian Mann, Dr. Jaysinha Shinde and Dr. Ahmed Abou-Zaid.

In addition to the book discussions, related exhibits are on display at Booth Library and the Tarble Arts Center. Other upcoming programs include student research presentations; an interfaith panel moderated by instructor Daniel Otto; and a panel discussion, Women in Veil, moderated by Dr. Bonnie Irwin. For the complete schedule visit the website.

In addition to the Muslim Journeys discussion and program series, Booth Library patrons can access Oxford Islamic Studies Online for a limited time. This resource will be available to the EIU community through Dec. 31, 2014. The database includes reference entries, primary source documents, learning resources, and images and maps. Click here to link to this resource.

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Photos and other materials from this program series are available here.