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An exhibit of rare and beautiful books about the Islamic world is on display at the American Heritage Center in Laramie as part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” program presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council.
Anne Marie Lane, curator of the Toppan Rare Books Library at the American Heritage Center, created the display. The books are mostly English-language and from the 19th through 21st centuries. The selection includes an edition of the “Arabian Nights” from around 1880, and a translation of “Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam from 1920.
The Toppan Library also has a small number of Qur’ans in Arabic and other Islamic books that can be viewed by appointment.
Anne Marie Lane will discuss Islamic influences on European bookmaking in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Library on February 24 at 6:30 pm, and in Laramie at the Albany County Public Library on April 23 at 7 pm.
“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Local support is provided by the Wyoming Humanities Council, UW Muslim Student Association, American Heritage Center, Albany County Public Library, and the Laramie County Library System.
A full schedule of events appears below.
Contact Jennifer Rife, 773-7218.
February 20, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”
February 24, 6:30 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”
March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “Dreams of Trespass”
Contact Kathy Marquis, 721-2580, x 5438
March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “In the Country of Men”
March 27, 7 pm: book discussion, “House of Stone”
April 17, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”
April 23, 7 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”
May 8, 7 pm: “Dreams of Trespass”