By Janelle Yahne
On November 21, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, the library is presenting a reading and talk by Saladin Ahmed, “Writing Muslim American Fantasy.” The event is open to the public and is free. Parking is available at the Bostwick (Main) Ramp. Ahmed is an amazing fiction author and poet from Detroit whose writing has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards. In honor of this exciting evening, each week until the event we will be showcasing a theme from Muslim Journeys Bookshelf as we move closer to this special event at the library.
From Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Literary Reflections
Developed by Leila Golestaneh Austin, Johns Hopkins University
From formal poetry and the oral tradition of public storytelling to the more contemporary forms of memoir and the novel, many Muslim authors have posed questions about Muslim piety and identity. What does it mean to be a good Muslim? What does Islam require of women and men? How should a good Muslim behave within society? Does Islam promote specific political norms or practices?
The readings for this theme can be seen as literary reflections on questions such as these. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. In the works featured here, answers to these questions differ from one reading to the other, as each reflects the society in which it is written. Together they reveal how Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islamic traditions to meet their distinctive cultural realities and spiritual needs.
List of Books for Literary Reflections
- The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
- The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
- Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
- Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
- Minaret by Leila Aboulela