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Koran by Heart Film & Discussion

October 21, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


A Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys event

Koran by Heart coverThe documentary film, “Koran by Heart” follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all 10 years old, as they compete in Cairo against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age in the annual International Holy Koran Competition. Directed by Greg Barker (HBO) the film captures touching moments of the three children at home with their families, where they open up about life and religion, academic dreams and career aspirations.

Attend the film screening and gain insight on Islamic culture and participate in a discussion of the film afterward. Refreshments will be served.

Speakers include Professor Cawo Abdi, Abdirahman Mukhtar, and Ahmed Ali.

Abdi will facilitate the discussion and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will provide introductory remarks.

Cawo Abdi is a University of Minnesota sociology professor whose research interest include: migration, Islam, globalization, Africa and the Middle East.

Abdirahman Mukhtar works in Youth Programs Services and System Services for Hennepin County Library.

Ahmed Ali is the Somali Outreach liaison for Hennepin County Library.

About Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a set of twenty-five books and three films about Muslim cultures and history. The collection and related events are intended to further discussion about diverse cultures of the Muslim world to communities across the United States.





Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

University Libraries

Local Partner
Hennepin County Library

Other sponsorsGovernment and Community RelationsDepartment of HistoryReligious Studies ProgramCedar-Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative EngagementDepartment of Art History Department of EnglishHennepin-University PartnershipAugsburg College.


October 21, 2013
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


University of Minnesota Libraries


Cowles Auditorium and Atrium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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