Dearborn library presents discussion series ‘Muslim Journeys’

DEARBORN – Dearborn Public Library received a $3,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host a five-part reading and discussion series “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, Connected Histories.”

Dearborn Public Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

“We are excited for the opportunity to offer our patrons this unique scholarly experience right here at their local library,” said Isabella Rowan, project director and librarian at Henry Ford Centennial Library.

“The ‘Let’s Talk About It’ series is the equivalent of a college-level class, except it’s free and there are no exams,” she said.

The series will explore the interconnectedness of faiths and peoples before the dawn of the Modern Age.

“Reading these books and joining these discussions may challenge some of your ideas about the past, but, hey, let’s talk about it,” Rowan said.

Books and discussion materials are available on a first-registered, first-served basis. Register in person at the HFCL Adult Reference Desk.

Each scholar-led discussion group is open to all on a drop-in basis whether they have read the book or not.

All of the programs are free and will be at HFCL, 16301 Michigan Ave.

They are scheduled three weeks apart to allow participants time to read each book before the next discussion.

The first program is at 7 p.m. September 17. It features “When Asia was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ‘Riches of the East’” by Stewart Gordon. Registration is underway.

The second program is 7 p.m. Oct. 8. It features “The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Sciences Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance” by Jim al-Khalili. Registration is underway.

The third program is at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. It features “Ornament of the World” by Maria Rosa Menocal. Registration begins Oct. 7.

The fourth program is at 7 p.m. Nov. 19. It features “Leo Africanus” by Amin Maalouf. Registration begins Oct. 28.

The final program is 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and features “In An Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale” by Amitav Ghosh. Registration begins Nov. 18.

For more information about the series, call 313-943-2330 or go to the library’s website,