Book Discussion Series
In the Country of Men
December 5, 2013
Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman’s days are circumscribed by the narrow rituals of childhood: outings to the ruins surrounding Tripoli, games with friends played under the burning sun, exotic gifts from his father’s constant business trips abroad. But his nights have come to revolve around his mother’s increasingly disturbing bedside stories full of old family bitterness. And then one day Suleiman sees his father across the square of a busy marketplace, his face wrapped in a pair of dark sunglasses. Wasn’t he supposed to be away on business yet again? Why is he going into that strange building with the green shutters? Why did he lie? Suleiman is soon caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand—where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father’s cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend’s father can disappear overnight, next to be seen publicly interrogated on state television.
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About the Muslim Journeys Program
The American Library Association and NEH recently awarded the Miami University Libraries two grants – “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” and “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.” These grants provide support for library programming "seeking to provide opportunities for informed discussion in their communities about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States."
To kick off our programming, the Libraries will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 1:00-4:00 pm in King 320. The symposium, “Muslim Journeys: American Stories,” will begin with a keynote lecture by Shakila Ahmad from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati entitled "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’” Following the keynote there will be two moderated panel discussions.
Additionally, we will be hosting a film series:
October 15, 2013, from 6:30-8:30pm, King 320: Koran by Heart
October 22, 2013, from 6:30-8:30pm, King 320: Inside Mecca
October 29, 2013, from 6:30-8:30pm, King 320: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
November 12, 2013, from 6:30-8:30pm, King 320: Prince Among Slaves
And book discussion groups:
December 5, 2013, from 4:00-5:00pm, King 320: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
January 30, 2014, from 4:00-5:00pm, King 320: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
February 13, 2014, from 4:00-5:00pm, King 320: House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
March 6, 2014, from 4:00-5:00pm, King 320: Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
April 17, 2014, from 4:00-5:00pm, King 320: Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
If you would like additional details about Muslim Journeys programming on Miami's campus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like additional details about the Muslim Journeys grants, please see the American Library Association's Muslim Journeys website.
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