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