Twin Cities libraries co-host ‘Muslim Journeys’


Film, book discussion
series also involves
Maine Humanities

LEWISTON — The Lewiston and Auburn public libraries are joining forces with the Maine Humanities Council to host “Muslim Journeys,” a film and book discussion series.

The kickoff event will be the film “Prince Among Slaves” shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Lewiston library’s Callahan Hall, 200 Lisbon St.

“Muslim Journeys” will explore diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. All of the events are free and no registration is required for the film series.

Reza Jalali, coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, will facilitate the programs and lead discussions following the films.

The other films to be shown in the four-part series include “Koran by Heart” on Thursday, Sept. 3; “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” on Thursday, Oct. 1; and “Islamic Art Spots” on Thursday, Nov. 5.

All showings will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewiston library.

“Prince Among Slaves” is the true story of an African prince enslaved in the American South. Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori was ambushed, captured, sold to English slavers, and shipped to America in 1788. After enduring the horrendous journey, he was purchased by a struggling Mississippi farmer. Abdul Rahman’s leadership, faith and intellect helped him survive 40 years of slavery while he fought for his freedom and that of his wife and children — a quest that ultimately led to a meeting with President John Quincy Adams.

According to LPL Director Rick Speer, “We were thrilled when the Maine Humanities Council approached us with the possibility of presenting this series of films and books which was recently developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the partnership with both the Auburn Public Library and USM’s Reza Jalali made it even more enticing.”

Muslim Journeys at LPL and APL also includes a five-part reading and discussion series on the third Thursday evening of each month, September through January. The book series will begin Thursday, Sept. 17, with “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar.

Preregistration is required for the reading series only. To register online, go to: Registrations can also be made at LPL’s Lending Services Desk or APL’s Reference Desk.

For further details on the “Muslim Journeys” film or book series, contact the reference desk at either library: LPL at 513-3135 or APL at 333-6640, ext. 4.