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Cornette Library to Host Second Series of Muslim Journeys

June 12, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Cornette Library to Host Second Series of Muslim Journeys

CANYON, Texas—Cornette Library at West Texas A&M University has received a $1,000 programming grant for a second “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” series and will host its first session at 7 p.m. Thursday June 19 at the Amarillo Public Library, Southwest Branch.

The library is one of a small group of libraries nationwide that have received this additional programming grant. Funding for "Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). Cornette Library will host the free series in five different sessions with the theme of Literary Reflections. Dr. Pat Tyrer, associate professor of English, will lead the discussions.

The first program in the series will focus on The Arabian Nights, edited by Muhsin Mahdi and translated by Husain Haddawy. The text for this book was composed during an important period of Muslim civilization marked by intellectual strides in scientific knowledge, arts, engineering and architecture. The stories have inspired many contemporary writers, and many elements can be found in paintings and musical compositions. Its tales of mystery, demons and riddles have entertained and fascinated readers for centuries, and the oral retelling of the stories have produced various versions to the delight of many audiences.

The other four books included in the series and the discussion dates are The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-din Attar and translated by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis, July 15; Snow, by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely, Aug. 21; Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi, Sept. 18; and Minaret by Leila Aboulela, Oct. 30. All sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Amarillo Public Library, Southwest Branch. Ten free copies of each title are available for those attending.

All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

For information about Cornette Library and its resources and services, please visit the library’s website at wtamu.edu/library. For more information about the "Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" series, contact Mary Jarvis at 806-651-2225 or mjarvis@wtamu.edu.


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