Film viewing: "Koran by Heart" part of Muslim Journeys film and book series

The first movie event in Miami University Libraries' Muslim Journeys programming features "Koran by Heart," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 320 King Library.

The film portrays stories of three children from the Islamic world who are participating in the oldest Koran-reciting competition in Cairo.  The contest judges its 110 participating children on their memorization, pronunciation and reciting abilities of the Koran. Throughout the film, viewers witness the main characters struggle to balance moderate and fundamentalist views of their religion.

Future movies in Muslim Journeys program series include:
  • “Inside Mecca” at 6:30 Tuesday, Oct. 22, 320 King Library
  • “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 320 King Library
  • “Prince Among Slaves” at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 320 King Library
Muslim Journey program book discussion dates are:
  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 320 King Library
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 320 King Library
  • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 320 King Library
  • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie at 4 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, 320 King Library
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, 320 King Library

The program is sponsored by American Library Association, National Endowment for the Humanities, Miami University Humanities Center, and the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures. Admission is free and open to the public.