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Muslim Journeys: Points of View

Muslim Journeys: Points of View was a five-part book discussion series focused on literature by/about individuals of Muslim-majority nations, and partially supported by a grant from the American Library Association. Our series, which occurred in Nashville in fall of 2013 and Knoxville in winter 2014, included the following books:

  • In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar (novel, Libya)
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi (graphic memoir, Iran)
  • House of Stone, by Anthony Shahid (memoir, Lebanon)
  • Broken Verses, by Kamila Shamise (novel, Pakistan)
  • Dreams of Trespass, by Fatima Mernissi (memoir, Morocco)

The “Points of View” theme was developed by journalist Deborah Amos with the goal of counteracting the one-dimensional views of Muslims depicted in the mass media and news coverage in particular. The authors reflect on the daily lives of indiviuals in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. The books served as  a launching point for small, diverse groups of individuals to gather and reflect on one another's perspectives, reaching a deeper understanding of our world and the inhabitants that share Tennessee communities.

More information about "Points of View" and the reading selections is here.

The Edmondson Pike Branch, Nashville Public Library and the Cedar Bluff Branch, Knoxville Public Library hosted the series in each city, serving over three hundred Tennesseans.

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