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Rare Islamic Books on Display at UW American Heritage Center


February 7, 2014 — An exhibition of rare books about the Islamic world is on display at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center (AHC).

The exhibition is part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” program presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council. The display is free and open to the public.

Anne Marie Lane, curator of the Toppan Rare Books Library, created the display. The books are mostly English language and are from the 19th through 21st centuries. The selection includes an edition of “Arabian Nights” from around 1880 and a translation of “Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam from 1920.

The Toppan Library also has a small number of Qur’ans in Arabic and other Islamic books that can be viewed by appointment.

Lane will discuss Islamic influences on European bookmaking in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Library Monday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. and in Laramie at the Albany County Public Library Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

In conjunction with “Muslim Journeys,” the UW Muslim Student Association will host Imam Karim AbuZaid of the Colorado Muslim Society and Abu-Bakr Mosque for a public lecture Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The Abu-Bakr Mosque was established in the late 1960s by a group of Arab immigrant families and has become a hub for Muslim civic life in the metro Denver area. Karim will discuss “The Salvation Between Islam and Christianity.”

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Local support is provided by the Wyoming Humanities Council, UW Muslim Student Association, American Heritage Center, Albany County Public Library and the Laramie County Library System.

Other related events scheduled in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Library are:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. -- Seth Ward, UW Religious Studies Program, “Introduction to Islam for the Equality State.”

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. -- Book discussion, “Broken Verses.”

Monday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. -- Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking.”

Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. -- Book discussion, “Dreams of Trespass.”

For more information, contact Jennifer Rife at (307) 773-7218.

Schedule of events in Laramie at the Albany County Public Library (unless otherwise noted) are:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m. -- Wyoming Union Family Room, public lecture by Imam Karim AbuZaid of the Colorado Muslim Society, Denver.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. -- Book discussion, “Persepolis.”

Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. -- Book discussion, “In the Country of Men.”

Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m. -- Book discussion, “House of Stone.”

Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. -- Book discussion, “Broken Verses.”

Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. -- Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking.”

Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m. -- Book discussion, “Dreams of Trespass.”

For more information, contact Kathy Marquis at (307) 721-2580, ext. 5438.

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