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Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys: Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

Muslim Journeys books, online resources, events. For questions/comments, contact Project Director Jeff Gibson: jgibson@ccclib.org

Connected Histories at PH Senior Center

January 14, 2014

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East”

by Stewart Gordon

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Histories of Islam and the West from City Channel Pleasant Hill on Vimeo.

 


February 11, 2014

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance

by Jim Al-Khalili

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Histories of Islam and the West 2 from City Channel Pleasant Hill on Vimeo.


March 4, 2014

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medeival Spain

by Maria Rosa Menocal

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View the Lecture and Commentary (coming soon)

 


 April 8, 2014

Leo Africanus

by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett

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May 6, 2014

In An Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale

by Amitav Ghosh

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Watch the Kickoff Event - An Afternoon of Rumi

What is Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys?

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is a scholar-led reading and discussion program designed to foster community conversation about the histories and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States.

Pleasant Hill Library and Walnut Creek Library were two of 125 libraries and humanities councils nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association in order to support this discussion series, which offered an in-depth exploration of ten titles included in the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Bookshelf collection.

Pleasant Hill Library and project scholar Dr. Hatem Bazian (U.C. Berkeley, Zaytuna College) chose to present and discuss the Connected Histories of Islam and the West, and welcomed members of the community to read the theme's selected works, and then discussed them at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center in the winter and spring of 2014.

Read the article published in the Contra Costa Times on January 21, 2014.

For video and commentary from the Pleasant Hill series, please see the side bar to the left. (Videos of events 3, 4, and 5 are coming soon!)

In the fall of 2014, Walnut Creek Library and Dr. Bazian chose to present a second round of the series (thanks to an additional grant from the ALA and NEH) focusing on the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf theme of American Stories.

Read the article published in the Contra Costa Times on December 10, 2014.

For video and commentary from the Walnut Creek series, please see the side bar to the right (coming 2/15!).

Goals of the Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys program:

·         To introduce community members to new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and     cultures of Muslims in the US and around the world

·         To have a lasting impact on Muslim and non-Muslim Americans’ knowledge and understanding of Islamic cultures

·         To bring people of all backgrounds together to discuss connections and differences between their own beliefs, communities, cultures, and shared humanity

 

The Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) model has been around since 1982, and has touched on topics ranging from African-American migration to Latino literature to the new millennium to children’s literature.

Meet Project Scholar Hatem Bazian

Dr. Hatem Bazian  is co-founder and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim Liberal Arts College in America. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bazian teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, De-Constructing Islamophobia and the Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Between 2002 and 2007, Bazian also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. 

In addition to UC Berkeley, Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California. In Spring 2009, he founded the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. 

In 2013 he was named in the category for Social Justice as one of The Muslim 500; The World’s Most Influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

In May, 2013, Bazian, along with colleague Farid Sensai, PhD., published The Bay Area Muslims Study, which introduces groundbreaking data on the growing Muslim communities within in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more, check out Bazian's article on the Boston Bombing and his students' course projects.

Let's Talk About It: Links

American Stories at Walnut Creek Library

August 27, 2014

Prince Among Slaves: the True Story of an African Prince Sold into Slavery in the American South 

by Terry Alford

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Book Jacket for: Prince among slaves

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September 10, 2014

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States

by Edward E. Curtis IV, editor

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Book Jacket for: The Columbia sourcebook of Muslims in the United States

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October 22, 2014

Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

by Eboo Patel

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 November 12, 2014

A Quiet Revolution: the Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America

by Lelia Ahmed

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December 3, 2014

The Butterfly Mosque: a Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam

by G. Willow Wilson

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Book Jacket for: The butterfly mosque

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