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Sourcebook on Muslims is next text for discussion series

A discussion of “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the U.S.” will be held at Monmouth College on Oct. 10 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.
Spencer Dew, assistant professor of religious studies at Centenary College, will host the discussion. Dew currently researches two 20th-century African-American religious movements: the Moorish Science Temple of America and the Empire Washitaw De Dugdahmounyah, with particular attention to notions of citizenship and conceptions of authority and law within these movements.
At Centenary, Dew offers courses on world religions, Judaism and religion and race. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, he completed graduate study at the prestigious University of Chicago Divinity School. He also participated in summer programs at the Naropa Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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
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 the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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