Book group explores ‘Muslim Journeys’



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A “Muslim Journeys” book group will be offered at the Southwest Harbor Public Library through spring.

Each month beginning in February, a different book will be discussed, exploring the issues and challenges raised. These discussions will be led by Reza Jalali, coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine.

“We are very honored to offer the opportunity to the MDI Community,” said Charles Stanhope, chair of the Board of Trustees. “It is critical in these very difficult times to strive to understand the realities that people around the world struggle with, especially as it impacts all of us in our global society.”

The events are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program through the Maine Humanities Council.

The books for this program cover the gamut of social, political and religious issues faced by Muslims. Participants can register for one, some or all of the book discussions. The books to be read and discussed include “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar (Feb. 11); “Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood” by Fatima Mernissi (March 11); “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East” by Anthony Shadid (April, 22); “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi (May 20); and “Broken Verses” by Kamila Shamsie (June 24).

Each discussion will be held at 6 pm. The library will have 20 copies of each book so that participants will not have to wait for their opportunity to read the material. Participants may check out books from the library each month preceding the scheduled discussion. All books will be available in January for the first session on Feb. 11.

Preregistration is required. Contact the library at 244-7065 or at [email protected]

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