Book Discussion March 28: Spring Break Reads

March 12, 2013 at 6:38 am | Posted in events, Muslim Journeys Bookshelf | Comments Off on Book Discussion March 28: Spring Break Reads

On Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m., Galvin Library will be the location of a lively discussion in celebration of both Women’s History Month and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, and all IIT faculty, students and staff are invited to attend.  Dreams of Trespass: tales of a harem girlhood by Fatima Mernissi and The Butterfly Mosque: a young American woman’s journey to love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson are the two titles that will be featured.  Read one, read both; all readers and comments are welcome. Use your I-Share  or MyILL  library account to secure a copy or stop by the library’s circulation desk where limited copies are available. Light refreshments will be served.

From the Perseus Books website:

dreams of trespassMernissi grabs the reader with her opening line “I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco…” and goes on to create a compelling narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass, she weaves her wn memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth — women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination. This is a provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the Muslim world.

and from publisher Grove Atlantic’s web site:

butterfly mosque Author Wilson has written a memoir, in which the Colorado-raised journalist tells her remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a post–9/11 world. At Boston University, Willow enrolls in an Islamic Studies course and as she reads through the teachings and events of the Qu’ran, she feels the fourteen-hundred-year-old document speaks to who she is and she converts to Islam. She journeys to Cairo to teach English and meets Omar, a passionate young man who resents the Western influences in his homeland. Torn between the secular West and Muslim East, Willow’s story in The Butterfly Mosque is brave and inspiring as it shares how relationships can transcend barriers.

 

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