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Is the end near?

Next Wednesday at 5:30pm, we will be discussing the sixth book in our six-book Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series. The book is Dreams of Trespass, which tells of a woman who grew up in a harem in 1940’s Morocco.

Is this the end of Muslim Journeys? No, Faithful Reader! In April, we will be viewing the documentary New Muslim Cool, which is all about a young man who spreads the word of Islam through rap, and the troubles he runs into. Quite an amazing story. We hope you will join us for this closing event!

As always, snacks and beverages will be served. If you have any questions, feel free to call the library at 805-289-6382.


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A Life in Morocco

On Tuesday, October 15 (that’s tomorrow, for those of you keeping score), the library will host Chris Cryer, author of Tolstoy in Riyadh, as part of its Muslim Journeys program. She will be discussing the lives of women in the book Dreams of Trespass. This book, written by Fatima Mernissi, is an autobiography of the author’s life in a harem in 1940’s Morocco. It is a beautifully written book, and it tells of the tensions between the old ways and the new.

We hope you can join us! 5:30pm in the Reading Room of the Library, LRC 2nd floor.

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A Little Snack

On Wednesday, September 25th, the Library hosted a food tasting in support of its Muslim Journeys project. This was the first of several events planned for the year. Foods from different restaurants were brought in: falafel, hummus and pita bread, stuffed grape leaves, assorted Iranian pastries and cakes, and Morrocan-style mint tea. The intention was to highlight foods that were from different cultures where Islam is practiced. In addition, the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf books were on display, and people had an opportunity to peruse them, as well as check out one of the videos in the collection.

The event was quite successful. Students as well as people from the community came, and enjoyed themselves. They ate and laughed and communed. There was no left-over food after the event was over. People asked about upcoming events, and were quite interested to find out that there were two additional talks that were scheduled for October.

If you are disappointed that you missed this event, please rest assured that this is not the only Muslim Journeys event that we are hosting. On Tuesday, October 15th, Chris Cryer will talk about the lives of women in the book Dreams of Trespass, which is a memoir of a woman who grew up in a harem in 1940’s Morocco (please note that this is a different topic than what was previously advertised). And on Tuesday, October 29th, Nooshie Motaref will talk about Sufism, a mystical dimension of Islam.

We hope you can join us!

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Cultural Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Events

Hello! A few months ago, the Library received a collection of books and videos called the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The intent of this collection is to increase understanding of the peoples, cultures, histories, and religion of Muslim people here in the United States and around the world.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

These books are available for checkout; the videos can be viewed on any computer within the library.

To support this collection, the Library is hosting a series of events:

  • On September 25, the Library is hosting a food tasting at 5:30pm.
  • On October 15, Chris Cryer, author of Tolstoy in Riyadh, will talk about The Arabian Nights.
  • On October 29, Nooshie Motaref, author of Iran: A Persian Tapestry, will do a presentation on Sufism and Islam.

We hope you will join us!


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