UI Library’s Muslim Journeys Programs Highlight Muslim Cultures Worldwide

Tuesday, October 29 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Learn more about the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world through a series of community-based programs sponsored by the University of Idaho Library during the fall semester.

The Muslim Journeys programs are the outgrowth of a Bridging Cultures grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association intended to “engage the humanities to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.”

As one of more than 800 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected for the grant, the UI Library received the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection of 25 books and three films about Muslim cultures and history. The library’s Muslim Journeys programs focus on the themes represented in the collection.

The first program in the series, a discussion of the diversity of experience among Muslim students in a moderated panel, was held on Sept. 17. The second and third programs are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 12. Both programs will begin at 4 p.m. on the first floor of the UI Library and are open to the public.

The Nov. 5 program, “Islam in Africa: Religion and Music in East and West Africa,” will feature Barry Bilderback, assistant professor in the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music. He will discuss Ghana and Uganda’s Islamic practices and provide an overview of music’s position within coexisting global and indigenous religions.

The Nov. 12 program, “Seeing the World in the 14th Century: Ibn Battuta Observes,” will feature a discussion led by Marina Tolmacheva, professor of history at Washington State University. Its focus will be on Muslim views of travel, global connections and multicultural societies from a historical perspective.

For more information about the UI Library’s Muslim Journeys programs, contact Kristin Henrich  at khenrich@uidaho.edu or Jeremy Kenyon at jkenyon@uidaho.edu.

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