Muslim Journeys program to begin 2013.08.28

The first of five book discussions through the Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About It” program is scheduled Oct. 3 at Stair Public Library in Morenci. Discussions are scheduled on the first Thursday of the month through February.

Hisham Matar’s prize-winning novel “In the Country of Men” is first on the discussion list. The book is described as the story of a young boy growing up in a terrifying and bewildering world where “his best friend’s father disappears and is next seen on state television at a public execution; where a mysterious man sits outside the house all day and asks strange questions; where his mother burns all their books when it seems his father has finally disappeared for good.”

Suleiman, the main character, can no longer bear the secrets and fears, and in an effort to save his family, he may end up betraying his friends, his parents and ultimately himself.

Adrian College history professor Michael McGrath will lead the discussions at the library. McGrath was selected as the project scholar to guide the book talks.

DISPLAY—An exhibit from the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn is scheduled to arrive Sept. 3 and will remain on display for a month.

The exhibit highlights the world’s three major monotheistic religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam—and also includes some artifacts of Arab and Muslim culture.

KICKOFF—The kickoff event for the Muslim Journey’s program is scheduled Sept. 26. Personnel from the museum will present an overview of the Arab world and Arab Americans; a debke dance demonstration (a traditional folk dance in several Arab countries); a light meal featuring food items common to many Muslim countries; and a cultural sensitivity presentation that addresses Arab Americans' cultural norms and behaviors.