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Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, Literary Reflections

Join us this fall for an exciting 5-part reading and discussion series! Registration is required, as space is limited.

Discussions are held Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm in the Director's Conference Room on the first floor of the Main Library.

The discussions will be led by Dr. Christina Michelmore. Dr. Michelmore received her BA from Smith College and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, both in history. For seven years she lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Pakistan. Until her retirement in 2013, she was chair of the Department of History, Political Science and International Studies at Chatham University here in Pittsburgh. This series is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Upcoming Discussions:

January 7, 2014
Dreams of Trespass
by Fatima Mernissi
Mernissi’s memoir of her life in a Moroccan harem provides a vivid portrait of a country struggling with great changes in the mid-twentieth century.

January 28, 2014
by Leila Aboulela
The novel follows Najwa, a Sudanese woman who has moved to England. She finds empowerment through her Islamic faith, and perhaps a surprising female perspective on Islamic history.


Previous Discussions:

October 29, 2013
The Arabian Nights
edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
These tales from the alluring and clever Shahrazad are presented in a wonderful translation by Husain Haddawy of Iraq. Read as many of the tales as you like, and we will discuss the history of these stories as well as their literary significance in the East and West.

November 19, 2013
The Conference of the Birds
by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
The Conference of the Birds offers an accessible introduction to mystical Islam and its poetry. Read as many poems as you choose.

December 10, 2013
by Orhan Pamuk
Set in Pamuk’s native Turkey, this novel follows Ka, a poet and journalist who travels from Germany to Kars to investigate the suicides of some local women engaged in political resistance.