Welcome to the Oconee County Library. We are delighted that you are interested in joining us for our five-part reading and book discussion series titles, Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys. The Oconee County Library was chosen as one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country that received a $4,500.00 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in the project. The grant's goal is to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States, and around the world.
During the five weeks, we will be discussing books in the theme, Pathways of Faith. The discussions will begin on Tuesday, January 21 and continue until Tuesday, April 15, 2014. We invite and encourage you to attend all five of the discussions. However, you are also welcome to attend whichever discussion you can.
The five books that will be explored are The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown, The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, and Rúmí: Poet and Mystic by Reynold A. Nicholson. All participants will check out a copy of each week's book with their PINES library card.
The discussions will be led by Dr. Douglas Ealey, a sociology professor at the University of North Georgia since 2003. He currently teaches in a multidisciplinary capacity, covering the topics of religion, political science, leadership, and conflict resolution. He holds a doctorate in political science from Clark Atlanta University, Master of Divinity in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Master of Business/Public Administration from Bowie State College, and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Georgia.
Our goal is that after you have participated in the reading and book discussion, you will have gained a better understanding of Muslim life. We hope that you will enjoy the discussion.