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11/21 | The Qur’ān and the Establishment of a Nation Lecture and Film Screening of Koran by Heart

Thursday, November 21
3:00 p.m.
PK Auditorium, Purdy-Kresge Library

Dr. Muhamed Tarek El-Sharkawi is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Language in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures, and also teaches courses in the history and Development of Arabic in the Linguistics Department, Wayne State University. His most recent book, Linguistic Conquests, was published in 2013 by At-Tanwir publishers in Cairo. His latest publication in English, The Ecology of Arabic: A Study of Arabicization, was published by Brill in 2010.

Dr. El-Sharkawi will explore the Qur’ān as a cultural product and delineate its influence on the establishment of the Arabs as a nation conscious of its identity, heritage and language. He will trace the development of the Arab sciences to the Qur’ān, and show how it brought together the different old Arabic dialects to form one common language.


Film: Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember (film showing will begin at 4:00 p.m.)

In this 80-minute documentary, three 10-year old children leave their native countries to participate in one of the Islamic world’s most famous competitions, a test of memory and recitation known as The International Holy Koran Competition. As the competition reaches its climax, “Koran By Heart” offers a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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