"Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" events

The American Library Association awarded NDSU Libraries the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant. According to the ALA,

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a collection of 25 books, 4 DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.

In addition to the materials on display, the NDSU Libraries will have three events.

Film viewing: Koran by Heart

October 7, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Memorial Union, Century Theater

Every year during Ramadan, over a hundred children from more than 70 countries converge on Cairo for Egypt’s international Holy Koran Competition, one of the Islamic world’s most prestigious contests. This HBO documentary follows three 10-year-old children, two boys and one girl, who have memorized the entire Koran. This film highlights the intense competition, the personal lives of the children, and their hopes and desires for the future in an world caught between fundamentalist and moderate visions of Islam. Following the film will be a discussion led by NDSU Professor Emeritus Ghazi Hassoun.

Discussion panel: “Points of View” with John Cox, Ghazi Hassoun, Reza Saberi, and Muslim NDSU students

October 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
NDSU Main Library, Weber Reading Room

With over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, there are many different points of view. Professor Emeritus Ghazi Hassoun, History Professor John Cox and NDSU Muslim students will discuss the faith from their point of view, sharing their expertise and life experiences.

Book talk: Walking Out Into the Sunshine, by Ghazi Hassoun

October 12, 11 a.m. to noon
NDSU Main Library, Weber Reading Room

Dr. Hassoun is a Palestinian who became a refugee in Tyre, Lebanon, as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian war of 1948. He later came to the United States, earned a doctorate in theoretical physics and was a professor for more than 30 years. His story gives a first-hand account of Middle Eastern history, politics, religion and economics, as well as profiles his friendships and family life both in Arab and American cultures.