March Muslim Journeys at Evanston

The Art of Hajj

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Sunday, March 9, 3 pm, 3rd floor Seminar Room, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston

titleThe annual ritual pilgrimage to Makkah was established by the Prophet Muhammad in the last year of his life (AD 632). Highlighting the pilgrims’ journey across time, the sacred rituals of Hajj, and the city of Makkah itself, The Art of Hajj features illuminated manuscripts, wall paintings and photographs, as well as calligraphy, textiles, scientific instruments, decorative tiles, maps, ceramics, metalwork and powerful works by contemporary artists.

Discussion led by Brannon Ingram,  Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies at Northwestern University. Register online or by calling 847-448-8620. Copies will be at the 2nd floor desk. Check out the resource guide for this book on the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf site.

 

Reeltime: The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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Tuesday, March 11, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston

When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.  The Trials of Muhammad Ali is shown as a collaboration with Reeltime films program; part of 11 Months of African American History series.

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Rumi: Love, Madness & Ecstasy

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On April 6th, the Evanston Public Library will be discussing the poetry of Rumi, the great Sufi mystic and Persian poet.  But why wait until April to discover Rumi? Silk Road Rising theater is presenting a staged reading this weekend of a new play which explores  how Rumi’s spiritual insights guide a young woman to freedom.

Rumi: Love, Madness & Ecstasy

February 07 – February 09, 2014

A Staged Reading
Written by Sheri Winkelmann
Directed by Helen Young

When Sadia travels to India to volunteer with the exiled Tibetan refugee community, she never imagines that she would meet the love of her life. Caught in a whirlwind romance, her new love moves to America and they quickly marry. Not long after the wedding, Sadia discovers a dark, twisted side to him that eventually threatens her life. Struggling to escape the physical and psychological violence that has become her daily life, she discovers the enlightened Sufi poet Rumi, whose spiritual insights guide her to freedom.

VENUE
Performances held at Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago

DATES
Friday, February 7 at 8pm
Saturday, February 8 at 4pm
Sunday, February 9 at 4pm

TICKETS
Tickets are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (312) 857-1234 x201.

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Mosque Alert is Coming to Evanston

Sunday March 23rd, 3:00 pm

Join us at Evanston Public Library for an exciting, participatory event from Silk Road Rising theatre. Artistic Director and award winning playwright Jamil Khoury introduces his latest work in progress, Mosque Alert, which explores resistance to the building of mosques in communities across the U.S. with a specific focus on two families, one Muslim, the other Christian, living in Naperville, IL  Khoury addresses questions of religious pluralism, Islamophobia, and civil rights, drawing upon local, national, and international contexts; audience comments will contribute to the play’s development. No registration, all are welcome!

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Upcoming Book Discussions at Evanston and Wilmette

 broken verses Broken Verses, by Kamila Shamsie. Discussion led by Dr. Norma Moruzzi, Associate Professor and Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

February 19th, 7:00 pm, Wilmette Library

Kamila Shamsie beautifully captures the promise of Pakistan and the country’s divisive political reality. Told through the eyes of a young television journalist working in the flourishing seaport of Karachi, the novel traces one family’s incredible experience of Pakistan from the 1970s to the present. Part mystery, part romance, and part coming-of-age tale, Broken Verses combines a compelling story with a larger meditation on the meaning of poetry, politics, religion, and Pakistan itself. A sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.

Register  via the Wilmette Library’s online calendar or call 847 256-6930. Copies of books in the series will be available at the New Arrivals Desk.

Art of the Hajj by Venetia Porter Discussion led by Brannon Ingram,   Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies at Northwestern University

hajjMarch 9th,  Evanston Public Library 3:00 pm

 The annual ritual pilgrimage to Makkah was established by the Prophet Muhammad in the last year of his life (AD 632). Highlighting the pilgrims’ journey across time, the sacred rituals of Hajj, and the city of Makkah itself, Art of the Hajj features illuminated manuscripts, wall paintings and photographs, as well as calligraphy, textiles, scientific instruments, decorative tiles, maps, ceramics, metalwork and powerful works by contemporary artists.

Register online via the Evanston Library event calendar, or by calling 847-448-8620. Copies will be at teh 2nd floor desk.

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Winter events at Wilmette

Muslim Journeys kicks into high gear this winter at Wilmette with three terrific programs. Open to everyone, please call 847-256-6930 to register or for more information. You can also register through the Wilmette Library events calendar.

 

mustaphkSunday, January 26, 2 pm

The Influence of Arab-Islamic Culture on the European Renaissance

Mustapha Kamal, PhD., Assistant Clinical Professor in Arabic at the University of Illinois at Chicago discusses the achievements of Arab-Islamic intellectuals, the transmission of their knowledge to Europe, and the impact that this newly acquired knowledge had on the material as well as the intellectual life of Europe.

Tuesday, February 4, 7 pmsadri

Islam and its Role in Iran

Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Islamic World Studies and Sociology at Lake Forest College, explores the origins of Islam and its role in Iran’s religious and political history and in the current situation.  Professor Sadri recently published a translation of the heroic tales of ancient Persia, Shahnameh. NPR has a short piece on this undertaking.

ramadanSaturday, February 15, 1 pm

Sweet & Savory Ramadan: 30 Nights of Foods That Nourish

Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, but it is also a time in which a healthy variety of delicious halal food is enjoyed after sunset and before the rise of the morning sun. As global as Muslims themselves, so is their cuisine, which spans from Asia to the Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas.  Food writer Yvonne Maffei will discuss the traditional and modern food rituals of fasting and eating. She’ll also demonstrate how a few dishes are made and provide a sampling of some sweet and savory favorites. Come to learn more about this fascinating culinary season and taste it for yourself.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an

jeffersonAlthough not part of the Muslim Journeys bookshelf, we highly recommend Denise  Spellberg’s, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an, a fascinating look at the Founding Father’s encounters with Islam.  Spellberg suggests that the American principle of broad religious toleration may have been born when Jefferson discovered an English translation of the Qur’an at the college of William and Mary library. As stated in a New York Times review of the book, “What began as an academic interest in Islamic law and religion yielded a fascination with Islamic culture, which disposed him to include Muslims in his expansive vision of American citizenship.”

Jefferson was not alone in his willingness to consider non Christian religions as worthy of protection. According to R. B. Bernstein of the Daily Best, “Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington spurned exclusionary arguments, arguing that America should be open to Muslim citizens, office-holders, and even presidents. Spellberg’s point is that, contrary to those today who would dismiss Islam and Muslims as essentially and irretrievably alien to the American experiment and its religious mix, key figures in the era of the nation’s founding argued that that American church-state calculus both could and should make room for Islam and for believing Muslims.”

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an is available through both the Evanston and Wilmette public libraries.

 

 

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Did you enjoy “12 Years a Slave”?

Then yo10941 PBS_PrinceAmongSlaves_DVD.inddu’ll love  Prince Among Slaves, the true story of Abdul Rahmani, a West African prince who was sold into slavery in 1788, eventually ending up in Natchez, Mississippi. The Morton Grove Library will screen the film version on December  10th at 11:30 am as part of its “Movies Munchies, and More” series.

Check out the viewing and discussion guide from the Muslim Journeys resource page; you can also get the book from either the Morton Grove , Wilmette or Evanston public libraries. This thirtieth-anniversary edition of Prince Among Slaves includes material discovered since the original publication of the book in 1977. Gathprinceered from historical documents on three continents, Abd al-Rahman’s remarkable story offers glimpses of a West African society in the era of the transatlantic slave trade, an American frontier plantation at the beginning of the cotton boom, and the early American republic. It also shows how Abd al-Rahman built a dignified life despite slavery, and even negotiated his family’s release from bondage.

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