Through a generous grant sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dupré Library patrons now have access to a collection of books, films, and related resources that provide information about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.
This exhibit explores how literature transcends cultural and geographic borders. From 1831 to 2013, the authors and works represented convey universal themes of family, faith, dislocation, and journeys, both spiritual and physical. At the same time, they reflect specific times, unique points of view, and individual struggles. From an enslaved African’s autobiography to a Palestinian refugee’s poems to an Iranian émigré’s graphic novels, and more, Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures through Literature at once reveals the rich individuality and profound commonality of human experience.
The exhibit was curated by Emily Deal and Dr. Chad H. Parker, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The exhibit was funded through a generous donation from the Guilbeau Charitable Trust. It is on display in the Grand Hallway of Dupré Library through October 2013.
The Islamic Art Spots are seven visual essays, presented in a series of short films designed to make art from Muslim societies an integral part of the Muslim Journeys experience.
The Art Spots include:
The Art Spots were written and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor of Art, Architecture, and Landscape History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television.
Image credit: Short sleeved kaftan with a Çintamani design (detail), Late 15th century,117 cm, Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, inv. No.13/6.