September 27, 2013

"Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys" at the Jones Library

Earlier this year, the Jones Library was selected to receive a bookshelf grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  During the month of October, a series of programs will be presented to continue the exploration of the themes of the Muslim Journeys bookshelf grant.

The Jones Library is pleased to be partnering with ION (Interfaith Opportunities Network), a local interfaith organization, in offering these programs to the Amherst community.  The programs are free and open to all, and will be held in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.

·        October 1 at 7 pm:  Reflections of an American Muslim Woman
Hanan Yacteen will reflect on women and Islam as she shares her experiences as an American Muslim.

·        October 5 at 2:30 pm:  Koran By Heart: Screening & Discussion
Join us for a screening of this documentary about three 10 year olds at the annual International Holy Koran Competition.  A discussion follows, led by Muhammad Ashraf.

·        October 17 at 7 pm:  Book Discussion of Minaret by Leila Aboulela
Join us for a discussion led by Matt Goodwin from UMass-Amherst.

·        October 22 at 7 pm:  Islamic Art and Architecture: A Window into Muslim Cultures and Societies
Prof. Walter Denny, from UMass-Amherst, will discuss the role that art and architecture have played in the Islamic world.

·        October 29 at 7pm:  Pathways of Faith
Dr. Ali Hazratji will speak on the basic beliefs of the Islamic faith.

For more information about the Bridging Cultures:  Muslim Journeys initiative, visit the website at

For further information about the Muslim Journeys grant and programming, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.