Wilmette Public Library has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). These grants aim 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.
The first grant: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys includes 25 books, 3 films, and a one year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. The collection is located in the Recent Arrivals area of the Library.
The second grant, Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys provides funds for a scholar led book discussion group. The series is moderated by Dr. Norma Moruzzi, Associate Professor and Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
See details and events for both grants below.
Upcoming Events - All programs take place in the Auditorium
Reading and Discussion Series
To register for the discussion series sign up via the Library's online calendar or call 847-256-6930. Copies of books in the series will be available at the Recent Arrivals Desk. (Complete Reading and Discussion Schedule)
Sunday, January 26, 2 pm
The Influence of Arab-Islamic Culture on the European Renaissance
Mustapha Kamal, PhD., Assistant Clinical Professor in Arabic at the University of Illinois at Chicago discusses the achievements of Arab-Islamic intellectuals, the transmission of their knowledge to Europe, and the impact that this newly acquired knowledge had on the material as well as the intellectual life of Europe.
Tuesday, February 4, 7 pm
Islam and its Role in Iran
Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Islamic World Studies and Sociology at Lake Forest College, explores the origins of Islam and its role in Iran's religious and political history and in the current situation. Professor Sadri recently published a translation of the heroic tales of ancient Persia, Shahnameh. NPR has a short piece on this undertaking.
Saturday, February 15, 1 pm
Sweet & Savory Ramadan: 30 Nights of Foods That Nourish
Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, but it is also a time in which a healthy variety of delicious halal food is enjoyed after sunset and before the rise of the morning sun. As global as Muslims themselves, so is their cuisine, which spans from Asia to the Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas. Food writer Yvonne Maffei will discuss the traditional and modern food rituals of fasting and eating. She’ll also demonstrate how a few dishes are made and provide a sampling of some sweet and savory favorites. Come to learn more about this fascinating culinary season and taste it for yourself.
All discussions take place in the Auditorium at 7 pm on the below dates:
October 16, In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
November 13, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
January 15, House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
February 19, Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
March 19, Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
Area Libraries Blog
Evanston, Morton Grove, and Wilmette Public Libraries are all participating in Muslim Journeys. Check the blog, Muslim Journeys at Your LIbrary, to find out about events at all the libraries.
This resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture and is regularly updated. It's ideal for student research and the general public.
The Muslim Journeys Collection
The collection is comprised of twenty five books grouped around five themes, three films and the Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Five essays written by renowned project scholars tie selected books together using themes designed to help draw connections among the varied voices represented by these books and to facilitate conversations in libraries and other settings. Please visit the web site for this comprehensive resource. You may check the Library's catalog to determine availability of individual titles in the collection.
For a list of the titles and accompanying materials which may enhance your understanding and discussion of the themes, visit the NEH web site at http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys/.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. 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.