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Cornette Library to Host Fourth Session in Muslim Journeys Series

Jan. 13, 2014

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

Cornette Library to Host Fourth Session in Muslim Journeys Series

CANYON, Texas—Cornette Library at West Texas A&M University will host the fourth session of its Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series with a discussion on Jim Al-Khalili’s book The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Southwest Branch of the Amarillo Public Library in Amarillo. Dr. Bryan Vizzini, WTAMU associate professor of history, will lead the discussion.

Cornette Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. 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 eight different reading/viewing and discussion sessions.

Al-Khalili’s book, published in 2011 by The Penguin Press, offers insight into the heritage of Arabic science and philosophy through the scholarly translation of Persian, Sanskrit and Greek texts. The author follows the effects of those translations through the growth of Islamic civilization and its connection to the European renaissance. Al-Khalili, a native of Iraq, is a theoretical nuclear physicist and lecturer at the University of Surrey, England. He is the author of numerous books as well as articles and book chapters and a frequent guest on British radio and television.

The remaining programs in the series will look at one more DVD and three additional books that all explore the theme of connected histories. The library hosts one program per month through May. The next books include Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Christians, and Jews Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain on Feb. 13; Leo Africanus on March 20; and In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale on May 15. Copies of each book to be read and discussed will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 25 participants at the meetings prior to each book discussion.

The remaining DVD to be viewed and discussed is Koran by Heart on April 17. 

All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies and Islamic studies.

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 at mjarvis@wtamu.edu.


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