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Eastern Presents Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Written by Danielle Couture

Willimantic, CT - - Eastern Connecticut State University will present "Bridging Cultures

Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" in the J. Eugene Smith Library on Sept. 16 and 19. The

project, made up of six events, is designed to promote understanding of and mutual

respect for people with diverse histories, cultures and perspectives.

Michele Boskovic, professor of French, will host Literary Reflections from 11 a.m - noon on Sept. 16. Boskovic will introduce the literary reflections books from the Muslim Journeys collection. Attendees will also have a chance to review the new Oxford Islamic Studies online database that will be accessible for one year.

Yayha M. Michot, professor of Islam at the Hartford Seminary, will host "Pathways of Faith" at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16. Michot will talk about Islam as a religion and as a way of life. There will also be a brief introduction to the collection of books from Pathways of Faith by Patricia Banach, library director.

"Points of View/American Stories" will take place at 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. Participants can read aloud from the Muslim Journeys books in this collection.

Free Henna designs will be available from 6-8 p.m. and Mediterranean cuisine can be sampled from 6-7 p.m. on Sept. 19.

"Film Screening of Islamic Art Spots" will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19. The Islamic Art Spots are seven visual essays, presented in a series of short films. Together, they provide access to the art of Muslim societies through their exploration of seven key topics: calligraphy, mosques and religious architecture, the arts of trade and travel, Islamic gardens, Islamic textiles, geometry, and the art of the book making and miniature painting.

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journey is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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