Town and Gown Collaborate on Series about Muslim Faith and Culture

(Chapel Hill, NC) The Chapel Hill Public Library, in conjunction with the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill through its Educating Librarians in the Middle East (ELIME) project, is pleased to offer Muslim Journeys, a fall program series that seeks to further community understanding of Islamic art, culture, and faith.

The library received a special grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities called Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. The grant provided funds for materials, including books and DVDS about Muslim culture around the world and within the United States. This collection aims to increase access to trustworthy resources about Muslim faith and traditions.

A variety of programs are slated for October and November that will supplement the themes of this collection, including a book discussion series, a film screening, and several lectures from professors in the UNC Department of Religious Studies. Evelyn Daniel, a professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science and a participant in the ELIME project will facilitate one of the book discussions. She said the project has two primary aims. “We hope to encourage our community members to both gain understanding of their Muslim neighbors and broaden their insight into Muslim art, literature, and faith,” said Daniel.

The program series kicks off with a screening of the film Prince Among Slaves followed by a discussion on Sunday October 20th at 2 pm.  To participate in the book discussion, call or stop by the library for a copy of the book and registration information. For more information please call 919-968-2780 or visit All programs and resources are free and open to the public.


  • Film: Prince Among Slaves – Sunday October 20, 2:00 pm

    John D. Martin III, ELIME-21 PhD Fellow, SILS, UNC-CH

  • Lecture: Islamic Art and Architecture – Sunday October 27, at 2:00 pm

    Professor Omid Safi, Religious Studies, UNC-CH

  • Lecture: Practicing Islam in America – Sunday November 10, at 2:00 pm

    Professor Juliane Hammer, Religious Studies, UNC-CH

Book Discussions

  • Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford – Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 pm
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel – Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 pm
  • A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed – Tuesday, Nov 5, 6:30 pm
  • The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson – Tuesday, Nov 19, 6:30 pm

    Professor Barbara Moran, SILS, UNC-CH and Amanda Click, ELIME-21 PhD Fellow, SILS, UNC-CH

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Additional local support is provided by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library.