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    These short visual essays highlight the history, aesthetics, and cultural aspects of specific types of art in the Muslim world. They are written and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor of Art, Architecture, and Landscape History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Qur'an and the Establishment of a Nation

The Qur'an and the Establishment of a Nation

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 3:00 p.m.
PK Auditorium
Purdy-Kresge Library
5265 Cass Avenue
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Dr. Muhamed Tarek El-Sharkawi is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Language in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures, and also teaches courses in the History and Development of Arabic in the Linguistics Department, Wayne State University.  His most recent book, Linguistic Conquests, was published in 2013 by At-Tanwir publishers in Cairo.  His latest publication in English, The Ecology of Arabic:  A Study of Arabicization was published by Brill in 2010.

Professor El-Sharkawi will eplore the Qur'an as a cultural product and delineate its influence on the establishment of the Arabs as a nation conscious of its identity, heritage and language.  He will trace the development of the Arab sciences to the Qur'an, and show how it brought together the different old Arabic dialects to form one common language.


From Genie to Efreet

From Genie to Efreet:
Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of the Arabian Nights

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
5150 Anthony Wayne Drive
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Dr. Anne Duggan is an Associate Professor of French and the Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Wayne State University, and is a Co-Editor (with Cristina Bacchilega) of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies (Wayne State University Press).

Dr. Duggan will consider the evolution of the genie as a fantastic apparition from its emergence in French literature at the beginning of the eighteenth century to its development into the early twentieth century.  In order to follow the textual and visual evolutions of the figure, Dr. Duggan will examine tales frequently depicted by illustrators of French and English editions, including:  the lady of the rings of the frame narrative; "The Merchant and the Genie;" "The Fisherman and the Genie;" and "Aladdin."  As will become evident, the illustrated genie of the Old Regime has nothing to do with the turban- or fez-wearers of the twentieth century; however, the one aspect the genie maintains throughout its transformations over time (at least until Disney), is a fear we might associate with the fantastic that the creature inspires in those before whom it appears.


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The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


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These books were obtained through a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association.  Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.  Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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The Arabian Nights - Translated by Husain Haddawy; edited by Muhsin Mahdi
Call Number: PK Stacks PJ 7715 .H33 2008
ISBN: 9780393331660
Now as sumptuously packaged as they are critically acclaimed -- a new deluxe edition of the beloved stories. Husain Haddawy's rapturously received translation of "The Arabian Nights" is based on a landmark reconstruction of the earliest extant manuscript version.

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Koran by heart: one chance to remember [videorecording] - a film by Greg Barker
Call Number: UGL DVD KOR
ISBN: 883929238750
In this 80-minute documentary, three 10-year old children leave their native countries to participate in one of the Islamic world's most famous competitions, a test of memory and recitation known as The International Holy Koran Competition. As the competition reaches its climax, "Koran By Heart" offers a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims.

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The Story of the Qur'an - Ingrid Mattson
Call Number: PK Stacks BP 132 .M39 2008
ISBN: 9781405122580
An insightful and authoritative introduction to the book at the heart of Muslim life, written by a well-known Islamic scholar, "The Story of the Qur'an" examines the doctrines contained in the Qur'an, providing a comprehensive explanation of their significance to individual Muslims and the societies in which they live. It surveys the key themes of the Qur'an, its most significant historical interpretations, and some of the most significant figures who transmitted and taught the sacred scripture over the centuries. This book considers the influence of the Qur'an on all major aspects of Muslim society, including personal relationships, popular culture, law, art and archi- tecture, political movements, science, and literature; and it helps the reader to understand the Qur'an, while throwing a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim.

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Muhammad - Jonathan A. C. Brown
Call Number: PK Stacks BP 75 .B66 2011
ISBN: 9780199559282
As the founder of Islam, a religion with over one billion followers, Muhammad is beyond all doubt one of the most influential figures in world history, but learning about his life and understanding his importance has always proven difficult, as our only source of knowledge comes from the biography of him written by his followers, the reliability of which has been questioned by Western scholars. This "Very Short Introduction" provides a superb introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It explains the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world throughout history, from the medieval to the modern period. The book also sheds light on modern controversies such as "The Satanic Verses," for which author Salman Rushdie was condemned for blasphemy, and the uproar over Danish cartoons of Muhammad, which triggered violent protests around the world. As these recent events show, whatever the truth about Muhammad's life, his persona still plays a crucial role in Muslim life and civilization.

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Islamic art: mirror of the invisible world [videorecording] - a film by Robert Gardner
Call Number: UGL DVD ISL
"A Documentary of stunning breadth and beauty, transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal the astonishing riches of Muslim arts, crafts, and architecture. Exploring distant locations and many rare pieces of art, the film illuminates the history of a global culture, reflecting the Islamic world as it developed over centuries and as it is today."--Container.

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Islamic Arts - Jonathan Bloom; Sheila S. Blair
Call Number: PK Stacks N 6260 .B57 1997
ISBN: 9780714831763
A comprehensive survey that brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture. Islamic Arts, a comprehensive survey covering a thousand years, highlights those characteristics that connect the various arts of the Islamic lands without minimizing the differences. The book is divided into three time periods - 600-900, 900-1500 and 1500-1800 - and each section analyses architecture, the arts of the book, decorative and applied arts. Islamic Arts brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.

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The Art of Hajj - Venetia Porter
Call Number: PK Stacks BP 187.3 .P67 2012
ISBN: 9781566568845
'It is laid down in the Qur'an that at least once in their lives Muslims should undertake the annual spiritual pilgrimage "the Hajj," to the holy city of Mecca. There, within a sanctuary, lies the Ka'ba;a cube of black granite that is the literal center of a Muslim's world and the compass point towards which daily prayers are made. This striking little book not only takes the reader on a journey, but celebrates the skill and creativity of artists, craftspeople, and the pilgrims themselves who have responded to the call of Hajj over the centuries. It encompasses a striking array of objects and images, from the seventh to the 21st centuries, and features illuminated manuscripts, wall paintings and photographs, calligraphy, textiles, scientific instruments, decorative tiles, maps, ceramics, metalwork, and powerful works by contemporary artists.

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Snow - Orhan Pamuk; Introduction by Margaret Atwood
Call Number: UGL Stacks PL 248 .P34 K36513 2011
ISBN: 9780307700889
This Nobel Prize winner's novel is a spellbinding story of a poet seeking his lost love in a remote Turkish town riven by religious conflict and cut off from the world by a blizzard. Returning to Turkey from exile in the West, Ka is driven by curiosity to investigate a surprising wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head scarves in school. But the epicenter of the suicides, the eastern border city of Kars, is also home to the radiant and newly divorced Ýpek, a friend of Ka's youth whom he has never forgotten and whose spirited younger sister is a leader of the rebellious schoolgirls. As a fierce snowstorm descends on Kars, violence between the military and local Islamic radicals begins to explode, and Ka finds his sympathies drawn in unexpected and dramatic directions.

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The Conference of the Birds - Farid Ud-Din Attar; Translated with an Introduction by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis
Call Number: PK Stacks PK 6451 .F4 M2813 1984
ISBN: 9780140444346
The acclaimed translation of a magnificent work of Persian poetry; now updated with new material Composed in the twelfth century in northeastern Iran, Farid Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvelous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism, it describes the pilgrimage of the world's birds in search of their ideal king, the Simorgh bird, and the arduous journey they take to reach him. This masterly translation preserves the poem's rhymed couplet form and nuances of language.

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House of Stone - Anthony Shadid
Call Number: PK Stacks HQ 663.9 .S53 2012
ISBN: 9780547134666
In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family's ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great-grandfather's once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war. One year later, Shadid returned to Marjayoun, not to chronicle the violence, but to rebuild in its wake. So begins the story of a battle-scarred home and a journalist's wounded spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house's renewal alongside the history of his family's flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America around the turn of the twentieth century. In the process, he memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into a shifting Middle East. This paperback edition includes an afterword by the journalist Nada Bakri, Anthony Shadid's wife, reflecting on his legacy.

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Leo Africanus - Amin Maalouf; Translated by Peter Sluglett
Call Number: UGL Stacks PQ 3979.2 .M28 L413 1992
ISBN: 9781561310227
Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else. . . . It relates, particularly at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World. - New York Times Book Review

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Dreams of Trespass - Fatima Mernissi
Call Number: UGL Stacks CT 2678 .M47 A3 1994
ISBN: 9780201489378
"I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco..." So begins Fatima Mernissi in this exotic and rich narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass, Mernissi weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth - women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination. Dreams of Trespass is the provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world.

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In an Antique Land - Amitav Ghosh
Call Number: PK Stacks DT 56.2 .G48 1994
ISBN: 9780679727835
The author recounts his ten-year investigation into the life a twelfth-century Indian slave who lived in a remote corner of Egypt.

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The Ornament of the World - María Rosa Menocal
Call Number: UGL Stacks DP 99 .M465 2003
ISBN: 9780316168717
Mar¡a Rosa Menocal's wafting, ineffably sad "The Ornament of the World" tells of a time and place -- from 786 to 1492, in Andalus¡a, Spain -- that is largely and unjustly overshadowed in most historical chronicles. It was a time when three cultures -- Judaic, Islamic, and Christian -- forged a relatively stable (though occasionally contentious) coexistence. Such was this period that there remains in Toledo a church with an "homage to Arabic writing on its walls [and] a sumptuous 14th-century synagogue built to look like Granada's Alhambra." Long gone, however, is the Cordoba library -- a thousand times larger than any other in Christian Europe. Menocal's history is one of palatine cities, of philosophers, of poets whose work inspired Chaucer and Boccaccio, of weeping fountains, breezy courtyards, and a long-running tolerance "profoundly rooted in the cultivation of the complexities, charms and challenges of contradictions," which ended with the repression of Judaism and Islam the same year Columbus sailed to the New World. --H. O'Billovich

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The Children of Abraham - Judaism, Christianity, Islam - F. E. Peters; with a Foreword by John L. Esposito
Call Number: PK Stacks BM 157 .P47 2004
ISBN: 9780691120416
F.E. Peters, a scholar without peer in the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, revisits his pioneering work after twenty-five years. Peters has rethought and thoroughly rewritten his classic "The Children of Abraham" for a new generation of readers -- at a time when the understanding of these three religious traditions has taken on a new and critical urgency. He began writing about all three faiths in the 1970s, long before it was fashionable to treat Islam in the context of Judaism and Christianity, or to align all three for a family portrait. In this updated edition, he lays out the similarities and differences of the three religious siblings with great clarity and succinctness and with that same remarkable objectivity that is the hallmark of all the author's work. Peters traces the three faiths from the sixth century B.C., when the Jews returned to Palestine from exile in Babylonia, to the time in the Middle Ages when they approached their present form. He points out that all three faith groups, whom the Muslims themselves refer to as "People of the Book," share much common ground. Most notably, each embraces the practice of worshiping a God who intervenes in history on behalf of His people. The book's text is direct and accessible with thorough and nuanced discussions of each of the three religions. Updated footnotes provide the reader with expert guidance into the highly complex issues that lie between every line of this stunning and timely new edition of "The Children of Abraham."

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Minaret - Leila Aboulela
Call Number: UGL Stacks PR 6051 .B68 M56 2005
ISBN: 9780802170149
In her Muslim hijab, with her down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose houses she cleans in London. Twenty years ago, Najwa, then at university in Khartoum, would never have imagined that one day she would be a maid. An upper class westernized Sudanese, her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. Then a coup forces the young woman and her family into political exile in London. Soon orphaned, and her only remaining family, her twin brother, in jail, she finds solace and companionship within a Muslim community. It is when Najwa meets Tamer, the intense, lonely younger brother of her employer, that she must test who she has become. For Tamer and Najwa find a common bond in faith and slowly, silently, begin to fall in love, a love that should not be. A novel about class, faith, and family, "Minaret" is an illuminating glimpse into a culture few westerners understand.

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Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
Call Number: PK Stacks PN 6747 .S245 P4713 2003
ISBN: 9780375422300
Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

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Broken Verses - Kamila Shamsie
Call Number: UGL Stacks PR 9540.9 .S485 B76 2005
ISBN: 9780156030533
Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan's greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs. In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple's private code -- a letter that could only have been written recently. Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. Always left behind whenever Samina followed the Poet into exile, she had assumed that her mother's disappearance was simply another abandonment. Then, while working at Pakistan's first independent TV station, Aasmaani runs into an old friend of Samina's who gives her the first letter, then many more. Where could the letters have come from? And will they lead her to her mother? Merging the personal with the political, "Broken Verses" is at once 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.

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Prince among Slaves - Terry Alford
Call Number: PK Stacks E 444 .I25 A78 2007
ISBN: 9780195320459
In this remarkable work, Terry Alford tells the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim slave who, in 1807, was recognized by an Irish ship's surgeon as the son of an African king who had saved his life many years earlier. "The Prince," as he had become known to local Natchez, Mississippi residents, had been captured in war when he was 26 years old, sold to slave traders, and shipped to America. Slave though he was, Ibrahima was an educated, aristocratic man, and he was made overseer of the large cotton and tobacco plantation of his master, who refused to sell him to the doctor for any price. After years of petitioning by Dr. Cox and others, Ibrahima finally gained freedom in 1828 through the intercession of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Clay. Sixty-six years old, Ibrahima sailed for Africa the following year, with his wife, and died there of fever just five months after his arrival. The year 2007 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Prince Among Slaves, the only full account of Ibrahima's life, pieced together from first-person accounts and historical documents gathered on three continents. It is not only a remarkable story, but also the story of a remarkable man, who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. This thirtieth anniversary edition, which will be released to coincide with a major documentary being aired on Ibrahima's life, has been updated to include material discovered since the original printing, a fuller presentation and appreciation of other African Muslims in American slavery -- Ibrahima's contemporaries -- and a review of new and important literature and developments in the field.

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In the Country of Men - Hisham Matar
Call Number: UGL Stacks PR 6113 .A87 I515 2008
ISBN: 9780385340434
Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman's days are circumscribed by the narrow rituals of childhood: outings to the ruins surrounding Tripoli, games with friends played under the burning sun, exotic gifts from his father's constant business trips abroad. But his nights have come to revolve around his mother's increasingly disturbing bedside stories full of old family bitterness. And then one day Suleiman sees his father across the square of a busy marketplace, his face wrapped in a pair of dark sunglasses. Wasn't he supposed to be away on business yet again? Why is he going into that strange building with the green shutters? Why did he lie? Suleiman is soon caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand;where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father's cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend's father can disappear overnight, next to be seen publicly interrogated on state television. "In the Country of Men" is a stunning depiction of a child confronted with the private fallout of a public nightmare; but above all, it is a debut of rare insight and literary grace. From the Hardcover edition.

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The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States - Edward E. Curtis (Editor)
Call Number: PK Stacks E 184 .M88 C65 2008
ISBN: 9780231139571
Since September 11, 2001, Muslims in the United States have become the subject of genuine curiosity and compassion as well as increased government surveillance and harassment. Who are these Muslims? What is their history, and where do they come from? Do they share a common culture? Do they vary in their beliefs? Bringing together an unusually personal collection of essays and documents from an incredibly diverse group of Americans who call themselves Muslims, Edward E. Curtis "finds Islam" in the American experience from colonial times to the present. Sampling from speeches, interviews, editorials, stories, song lyrics, articles, autobiographies, blogs, and other sources, Curtis presents a patchwork narrative of Muslims from different ethnic and class backgrounds, religious orientations, and political affiliations. He begins with a history of Muslims in the United States, featuring the voices of an enslaved African Muslim, a Syrian Muslim sodbuster, and a South Asian mystic-musician, along with the words of such well-known Muslims as Malcolm X. Then he follows with an examination of such contemporary issues as Islam and gender, the involvement of Muslims in American politics, and emerging forms of Islamic spirituality. In constructing his history, Curtis draws on the work of Muslim feminists, social conservatives, interfaith activists, missionaries, and politicians, as well as Muslim rappers and legal experts. He also includes records from the large-scale migrations of the 1880s; racial, ethnic, and religious trends of the 1960s; writings from second-generation and African American Muslims; and discussions of Islam in the public square. With this highly informed, real-life portrait, Curtis provides a crucial corrective to the rhetoric of suspicion and fear surrounding current discussions of Muslims in the United States and emphasizes Muslims' continuing impact on American society and culture.

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When Asia Was the World - Stewart Gordon
Call Number: PK Stacks DS 5.95 .G67 2009
ISBN: 9780306817397
While European civilization stagnated in the "Dark Ages," Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a compelling and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500 -- a time when Asia was the world -- by relating the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers.

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Acts of Faith - Eboo Patel
Call Number: UGL Stacks E 184 .M88 P38 2010
ISBN: 9780807006221
"Acts of Faith" is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel's story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people; and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement. With a new Afterword.

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The Butterfly Mosque - Willow Wilson
Call Number: UGL Stacks BP 170.5 .W55 W55 2010
ISBN: 9780802118875
This book documents the author's conversion from all-American atheist to Islam; a journey marked by her decision to relocate to Cairo, romance with a passionate young Egyptian, and her efforts to balance the virtues of both cultures.

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A Quiet Revolution - Leila Ahmed
Call Number: PK Stacks BP 190.5 .H44 A46 2011
ISBN: 9780300181432
This probing study of the veil's recent return -- from one of the world's foremost authorities on Muslim women -- reaches surprising conclusions about contemporary Islam's place in the West today -Book jacket

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The House of Wisdom - Jim Al-Khalili
Call Number: PK Stacks Q 127 .A5 A4 2011
ISBN: 9781594202797
A myth-shattering view of the medieval Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations, which preceded -- and enabled -- the European Renaissance. The Arabic legacy of science and philosophy has long been hidden from the West. British-Iraqi physicist Jim Al-Khalili unveils that legacy to fascinating effect by returning to its roots in the hubs of Arab innovation that would advance science and jump-start the European Renaissance. Inspired by the Koranic injunction to study closely all of God's works, rulers throughout the Islamic world funded armies of scholars who gathered and translated Persian, Sanskrit, and Greek texts. From the ninth through the fourteenth centuries, these scholars built upon those foundations a scientific revolution that bridged the one-thousand-year gap between the ancient Greeks and the European Renaissance. Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science were actually the result of Arab ingenuity: astronomers laid the foundations for the heliocentric model of the solar system long before Copernicus; physicians accurately described blood circulation and the inner workings of the eye ages before Europeans solved those mysteries; and physicists made discoveries that laid the foundation for Newton's theories of optics. But the most significant legacy of Middle Eastern science was its evidence-based approach -- the lack of which kept Europeans in the dark throughout the Dark Ages. The father of this experimental approach to science -- what we call the scientific method -- was an Iraqi physicist who applied it centuries before Europeans first dabbled in it. Al-Khalili details not only how discoveries like these were made, but also how they changed European minds and how they were ultimately obscured by later Western versions of the same principles. With transporting detail, Al-Khalili places the reader in the intellectual and cultural hothouses of the Arab Enlightenment: the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, one of the world's greatest academies, the holy city of Isfahan, the melting pots of Damascus and Cairo, and the embattled Islamic outposts of Spain. Al-Khalili tackles two tantalizing questions: Why did the Arab world enter its own Dark Age after such a dazzling enlightenment? And how much did Arabic learning contribute to making the Western world as we know it? Given his singular combination of expertise in both the Western and Middle Eastern scientific traditions, Al-Khalili is uniquely qualified to solve those riddles.

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Rumi - Reynold A. Nicholson
Call Number: UGL Stacks PK 6480 .E5 N5 1995
ISBN: 1851680969
"Jalalu'l-Din Rumi (1207-73) was the greatest of the Persian mystical poets. In his extensive writings he explored the profound themes that had gradually evolved with the long succession of Sufi thinkers since the ninth century, such as the nature of truth, of beauty, and of our spiritual relationship with God." Professor R. A. Nicholson translated this inspiring collection of mystical poems shortly before his death. It contains delicately rhythmical versions of over a hundred short passages from Rumi's greatest works, together with brief yet illuminating explanatory notes. With this attractive and accessible translation, a wider readership can appreciate the range and depth of Rumi's intellect and imagination, and discover why it is so often said that in Rumi the Persian mystical genius found its supreme expression."--BOOK JACKET. Summary provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Prince among slaves [videorecording] - Directed, produced and written by Andrea Kalin
Call Number: UGL DVD PRI
The true story of Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima Ibn Sori, a West African prince who was sold into slavery in 1788, eventually ending up in Natchez, Mississippi.
Special features: "We the people" discussion guides & resources; "Dominion over others : slavery at home in the world" featurette; "Writing in the sand : the legacy of Muslim slavery" featurette; "Land of faith & liberty : the Muslim kingdom of Futa Jallon" featurette; interview with Mos Def. - Container


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From Genie to Efreet:  Fantastic Apparitions              Thursday, November 7, 2013   3:30 p.m.
     in the Tales of the Arabian Nights                            Bernath Auditorium
     Dr. Anne Duggan
                                                       David Adamany Undergraduate Library
                                                                                          Wayne State University

The Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database              Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:00 a.m.
     Karen Liston, Librarian                                              Lab A (First Floor)
                                                                                          David Adamany Undergraduate Library
                                                                                          Wayne State University
     - lab space is limited;
                                                                                                e-mail to attend

Islamic Art:  Mirror of the Invisible World                    Thursday, November 14, 2013 
   Detroit Institute of Arts Tour 2:00 p.m.                      Detroit Institute of Arts,
                                                                                              Woodward Entrance
   Film Showing 3:00 p.m.                                               Detroit Institute of Arts,
                                                                                             Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall
         - tour attendance is limited;
                                                                                               e-mail to attend    

The Oxford islamic Studies Online Database               Monday, November 18, 2013  4:00 p.m.
    Karen Liston, Librarian                                               Lab A (First Floor)
                                                                                           David Adamany Undergraduate Library
                                                                                           Wayne State University      
                                                                                              - lab space is limited;
                                                                                                e-mail to attend

The Qur'an and the Establishment of a Nation            Thursday, November 21, 2013  3:00 p.m.
    Dr. Mohamed Tarek El-Sharkawi                                Kresge Auditorium (Room 110)
    Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember             Purdy-Kresge Library
    Film Showing 4:00 p.m.                                              Wayne State University

Snow, by Orhan Pamuk (Book Discussion)                 Thursday, December 5, 2013  3:30 p.m.
    Karen Liston, Librarian                                               Community Room (3rd Floor)     
  Adamany Undergraduate Library
                                                                                          Wayne State University Library                       


Contact Librarian Karen Liston at or (313) 577-5596

Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.



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The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


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