“Muslim Journeys,” a series of educational events examining the complex history and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world, will be presented by Monmouth College and the Buchanan Center for the Arts beginning this month.
Developed to promote the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf – a collection of books, films and other resources recently awarded the college’s Hewes Library through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association – the series will open on Jan. 24 with a program titled “Islam 101,” which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Buchanan Center.
Presented by Hannah Schell, MC professor of philosophy and religion, the opening program will include a panel discussion featuring associate dean of students Mohsin Masood and professor of political science Farhat Haq, both Pakistani Muslims who have lived in the U.S. for many years. Also on the panel will be Petra Kuppinger, professor of sociology and anthropology. The program and the entire series are free and open to the public.
Upcoming programs will include “Islam, an Old American Religion: The Long Journey from 17th/18th-century Africa to 21st Century U.S. Cities,” which will be presented by Kuppinger on Feb. 11 in Hewes Library; a film, “Islamic Art Spots,” which will be screened at the library on March 27; and a Sufi Poetry reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month on April 10 at the Buchanan Center. All programs will begin at 7 p.m.
“We are very pleased to have been selected as a recipient of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, the first in a series of Bridging Cultures Bookshelf grants,” said Hewes Library director Rick Sayre. “Our lives are enriched when we are exposed to persons from other cultures who have different religious and cultural backgrounds. We hope interested members of our community will better understand the nuances of different faith traditions as part of these programs.”
Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association (ALA) based on the advice of scholars, librarians and other public programming experts, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. Each participating library will receive 25 books, three films and access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
All libraries that have received the bookshelf will also be eligible for upcoming public programming grant opportunities.
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov