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Ramsey County Library presents new speaker series on Muslim and Western cultures

The Ramsey County Library-Roseville location is hosting a new series on the intersection of Muslim and Western traditions and societies. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.

Muslims in the Age of Globalization: The Struggle over the Future

On January 24, 31 and February 14 participants can hear Professor Ahmed Samatar of Macalester College provide a discussion of the historical roots of the complicated question of Islam and its relations to the West. The discussion focuses on how this topic relates to Minnesotans of all backgrounds. 

Islam, Coffee and Robinson Crusoe

On February 7, Professor Nabil Matar of the University of Minnesota will discuss the beginnings of Islam as a religion as well as some of the political and theological developments that led to the Sunni-Shi'a rift. He will also focus on the civilization of Islam and two influences that left their mark on the West: the introduction of coffee in the middle of the 17th century and the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe. 

The series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota and is funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 8:52 a.m.