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Muslim Studies Resources: Muslim Journeys

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

Books & Dates

October 26: Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg, led by Salah Hassan, Associate Professor, Department of English/Muslim Studies Program

January 25: The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami, led by Leila Tarakji, graduate student, Department of English

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

February 22: Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, led by Morgan Shipley, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, co-sponsored by MSU Comics Forum

March 15: E-mails from Scheherazad by Mohja Kahf, led by Leila Tarakji, graduate student, Department of English

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 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 East Lansing Area Clergy Association.

In a “sneak peek” session this fall, we will read and discuss the nonfiction work Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders by historian Denise A. Spellberg, with lecture and discussion by Salah Hassan, associate professor of English and Muslim Studies. This session will take place on Wednesday October 26th at 7pm, in the MSU Main Library Green Room (4th floor West side). Registration is encouraged but not required.

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. Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders is widely available through MelCat free interlibrary loan.

Each session will begin with a lecture from a scholar, followed by book discussion, and ending with questions and answers.

In Spring 2017 we will hold 4 sessions on Wednesday evenings from late January through mid-March. These sessions will also be held 7pm at the MSU Main Library.  Participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible and registration is encouraged.

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