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ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Monday November 25, 2013
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World – Film & Discussion
A Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Event
This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, and revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East.
TIME: 4 - 6:15 p.m.
LOCATION: 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 – 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
SCHOLAR: Professor Catherine Asher is a specialist in Islamic and Indian art from 1200 to the present. She has traveled extensively to areas with sizable Muslim populations from Spain to China.
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
LET'S TALK ABOUT IT: MUSLIM JOURNEYS - Connected Histories
Five Tuesdays - September 17, October 1, 15, 29 and November 12
Read and discuss five books on the theme Connected Histories
TIME: 7:00 p.m. -8:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central: Pohlad Hall (last two sessions in Doty Board Room across the hall), 300 Nicollet Mall
SPEAKER: Professor Giancarlo Casale holds a PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and is currently associate professor of the history of the Islamic world at the University of Minnesota.
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
Presented in collaboration with the Hennepin-University Partnership
REGISTRATION Recommended* (not required): Register
* Lending copies will be reserved for the first twenty registrants
September 17: “When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ‘Riches of the East’” by Stewart Gordon
October 1: “The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance” by Jim Al-Khalili
October 15: “The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain” by María Rosa Menocal
October 29: “Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf” translated by Peter Sluglett
November 12: “In an Antique Land” by Amitav Ghosh
FILM SHOWINGS AND DISCUSSION
Monday, October 21
Koran by Heart – Film & Community Discussion
A Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Event
Gain insights on Islamic culture as experienced by families of three children competing in a Koran-reciting contest in Cairo; and join us to discuss this film afterward.
TIME: 4 – 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Auditorium and Atrium, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
SCHOLAR: Dr. Cawo Abdi is an Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Sociology. Her Ph.D. thesis examined the gender and transnational relations of Somalis in Minnesota and East Africa. Her postdoctoral research is a comparative work on the transnational relations of East African migrants. Her research interest include: migration, Islam, globalization, Africa and the Middle East.
SPEAKERS: U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Professor Cawo Abdi, Abdirahman Mukhtar, and Ahmed Ali.
Abdirahman Mukhtar works in Youth Programs Services and System Services for Hennepin County Library. Ahmed Ali is the Somali Outreach liaison for Hennepin County Library. Read more about the speakers