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MC's Haq to lead discussion of Ahmed's 'A Quiet Revolution'

02/14/2014
A discussion of the book “A Quiet Revolution,” which explores the resurgence of Muslim women wearing veils, will be held at Monmouth College on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom in Hewes Library.
 
The event is part of “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys – American Stories,” a community reading and discussion series that will continue throughout the academic year, with events held at Hewes Library and Monmouth’s Buchanan Center for the Arts. During the series, participants will explore the histories, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. through informed conversations facilitated by a local scholar.
 
Monmouth College political science professor Farhat Haq, a native of Pakistan, will host the discussion of the book, which was written by Leila Ahmed. Subtitled “The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America,” the book has been called “an incisive history of the hijab (that) reveals surprising shifts in the long political and cultural struggle between Islam and the west.”
 
A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Haq earned her master’s degree in government from prestigious Cornell University in 1983 and her Ph.D. in government from Cornell in 1987, the same year she joined Monmouth’s faculty. In 1993, she won MC’s prestigious Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award.
 
The free series is open to all community members who enjoy reading and discussing what they read. A limited number of books is available for loan to participants. To register, contact Hewes Library director Rick Sayre at 309-457-2192 or rsayre@monmouthcollege.edu.
 
Hewes Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide to receive funding to host this five-part series. “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
 
Additional information is available at http://library.monmouthcollege.edu.