The theme of this program introduces a way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West are seen as products of a shared, cosmopolitan, and inextricably intertwined past. The books discussed at each event help envision the world of our ancestors, which was as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today.
At this event, enjoy refreshments and a book discussion based on: ‘In an Antique Land’ by Amitav Ghosh.
In the last event of this series, we are bringing it all together by connecting the three faiths described in, ‘In an Antique Land’ by inviting the faiths of Tri-Faith initiatives to share stories and family recipes. As one Tri-Faith board member said, “We can never build walls high enough to protect us from those we fear – we can only build bridges.” Partners in the project include American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture (www.aiisc.org) along with Temple Israel, a reform synagogue (templeisraelomaha.com), and a Christian ecumenical community being developed by the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska (Episcopaltrifaith.org).
OPL is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide receiving grants to host this series, which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.