Muslim Journeys: Points of View

Muslim Journeys: Points of View is a five-part book discussion series

Our series focuses on literature by and about indivduals of Muslim-majority nations and will be facilitated by Douja Mamelouk, Assistant Professor of French and Arabic at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The “Points of View” theme was developed by journalist Deborah Amos with the goal of counteracting the one-dimensional views of Muslims depicted in the mass media and news coverage in particular. The authors reflect on the daily lives of indiviuals in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. The books will serve as a launching point for small, diverse groups of individuals to gather and reflect on one another's perspectives, reaching a deeper understanding of our world and the inhabitants that share Tennessee communities.

More information about "Points of View" and the reading selections.

About the facilitator:

Douja Mamelouk is an Assistant Professor of French and Arabic in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her PhD from Georgetown Univeristy, Ph.D. in Arabic Language, Literature and Linguistics in 2010 and her Masters Degree from The American University of Cairo in Middle Eastern Studies. Her Bachelors Degree was earned at Willamette University in Political Science and French Literature.


Held at the Cedar Bluff Branch Library on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m.

January 13: In the Country of Men  (novel, Libya)
January 27: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood  (graphic memoir, Iran)
February 10: House of Stone (memoir, Lebanon)
February 24: Broken Verses (novel, Pakistan)
March 10: Dreams of Trespass (memoir, Morocco)

How to register:

Participation is free, but space is limited. Please call (865) 215-8767 or email to reserve your spot. Multiple copies of all books are available for check out through the Knox County Public Library. 

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