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Muslim Studies Resources: Muslim Journeys

A guide to Muslim Studies resources available through the Michigan State University Libraries

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Books & Dates

November 27: Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders (history) by Denise A. Spellberg, led by Salah Hassan, Associate Professor, Department of English/Muslim Studies Program.

January 25: The Moor’s Account (historical fiction) by Laila Lalami, led by Leila Tarakji, graduate student, Department of English
The Moor's Account via MelCat interlibrary loan

February 8: The Autobiography of Malcolm X  as told to Alex Haley, led by Austin Jackson, Assistant Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Autobiography of Malcolm X via MelCat interlibrary loan

February 22: Ms. Marvel: No Normal (comics) by G. Willow Wilson, led by Morgan Shipley, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, co-sponsored by MSU Comics Forum.
Ms. Marvel via MelCat interlibrary loan

March 15: E-mails from Scheherazad (poetry) by Mohja Kahf, led by Leila Tarakji, graduate student, Department of English
E-mails from Scheherazad via MelCat interlibrary loan

Muslim Journeys Book Club 2016-2017

The MSU Muslim Studies Program and MSU Libraries are hosting a new Muslim Journeys scholar-led book discussion series in 2016-2017. This series focuses on Islam in the U.S. and on different genres of Muslim American literature. Our aim is to bring the campus and community together to read and learn about the diversity of Muslim American history, culture, and literature. The 2016-2017 series is co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing and the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing.

In Spring 2017 we will hold 4 sessions on Wednesday evenings from late January through mid-March. These sessions will be held 7pm at the MSU Main Library. 

Each session will begin with a short lecture from a scholar, followed by smaller group book discussions, and ending with questions and answers. The smaller group discussions will be facilitated by MSU graduate students.

Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time, and attend as many sessions as possible.

All sessions are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Community members, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate. There is ample free parking near the Main Library after 6pm, including in Stadium Lot 62E (employee lot) on Red Cedar Rd.

The books will be available for purchase at Schuler’s and Everybody Reads, and will be available for reading “on reserve” at the MSU Main Library. For free interlibrary loan, use MelCat (see links at left).

Advance registration is encouraged.

For more information, please contact Deborah Margolis at

Poetry Reading

Poet Amir Sulaiman will read from his work on Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 7pm, MSU Main Library. Free and open to the public.  He is the author of Love, Gnosis & Other Suicide Attempts.

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