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MENA Monday Night at Evanston Public Library. Zareena Grewal. “Is the Quran a ‘good book’?”

When: Monday, November 21, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Where: Community Room , Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Lexy Gore   (847) 467-5314

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


The Quran is one of the most iconic objects in American debates about racial and religious tolerance. Is the Quran a "good book"? Is it like the Bible and other scriptures? Or is its message more violent, more misogynistic, more intolerant? Or is the danger in the power readers ascribe to the book?

Zareena Grewal, associate professor of American studies, Religious studies, and Middle East studies at Yale University, is a renowned scholar of Islam in the US, the author of an award-winning book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority, and a documentary filmmaker, By the Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam.


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