Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: UMD Kirby Ballroom
UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library presents a free, scholar-led reading and discussion series exploring five books in the "Pathways of Faith" theme received as part of the Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys bookshelf collection from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This third "Talk About It" program will feature Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D., author of The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson earned her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1999 and a B.A. in Philosophy and Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1987. She currently teaches at Huron University College at Western University in London, Ontario. Before coming to Huron, she founded the Islamic Chaplaincy program and was Director of the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. She is the author of The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life as well as numerous articles exploring Islamic ethics in contemporary Muslim communities. Dr. Mattson is an internationally recognized Islamic scholar. From 2006-2010, she served as President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); she previously served two terms as Vice-President.
The Story of the Qur’an begins with an accessible account of its origins, placing Muhammad, the Muslim holy book, and the first adherents to Islam in historical context. Mattson uses translated passages from the Qur’an, as well as scholarly sources and stories from the time of Muhammad, to give readers a sense of its language, imagery, and rhythm. Mattson explains how the Qur’an has been transmitted both as recitation and scripture, “the voice and the pen,” from Islam’s formative days to the present, and describes the Qur’an’s role in Muslim culture and daily life.
Discussion Follows the Presentation
Participants are encouraged to register in advance (http://z.umn.edu/muslimjourneys) but are welcome to sit in for one or a few meetings if they wish. Books are available at the Library and at the Duluth Public Library.
Read more about upcoming events and books in the discussion series at http://libguides.d.umn.edu/muslim_journeys.
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.