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Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

Muslim Journeys: Points of View Book Discussion Series

The library, in partnership with NDSU’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, invites the public to join humanities scholars Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham and Dr. Miriam Mara for a five-part series of community book discussions to introduce the library’s Muslim Journeys Collection. The first session is set for Thursday, Feb. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library. All of the book discussion events are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Muslim Journeys 1Discussion dates and featured titles are:
February 6 - In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
February 20 - Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
March 6 - House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
March 20 - Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
April 3 - Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

For further details about this event series, visit the library’s website, or call (701) 241-1492.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

The following items are included in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection and are available in the library's catalog:

 •Minaret by Leila Aboulela
 •A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
 •The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
 •The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
 •Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
 •Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
 •Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
 •The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
 •In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
 •When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
 •Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
 •The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
 •In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
 •The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
 •The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
 •Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
 •Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
 •Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
 •Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
 •The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
 •The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
 •House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
 •Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
 •Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
 •The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
Films with Public Performance Rights
 •Prince Among Slaves (directed by Andrea Kalin, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2007)
 •Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (directed by Rob Gardner, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2011)
 •Koran by Heart (directed by Greg Barker, produced by HBO documentary films, 2011)
Other Resources
 •A one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (January–December 2013)
 •Islamic Art Spots are seven illustrated video essays written, developed, and presented by Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles and produced by Twin Cities Public Television as part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys project. These video essays provide an introduction to Islamic art and architecture in a way that relates to the project themes and readings, referencing additional primary source texts.