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Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel is the featured title in the next community-wide Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys’ book discussion. Join us at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, for a scholar-led reading and session designed to provide area residents with a comprehensive introduction to Islamic art, culture and history.

Hosted by Oak Park Public Library, River Forest Public Library and Dominican University’s Rebecca Crown Library, Muslim Journeys is a collaborative series funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The series kicked off on Oct. 21 at Dominican. Read more about kick-off in this Chicago Sun-Times article.

More free community programs will be presented through March 2014. Download a brochure, with the complete book list discussion and more, as a PDF>

What is the NEH and what is their Bridging Cultures initiative?

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is conducting a special initiative, Bridging Cultures, which engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.

What is the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf?

All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The materials comprising the bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of
anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature and Middle East, Southeast Asian, African and Islamic studies.

All materials from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys are available for check out at the participating libraries.

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