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March 26, 2014

'Bridging Cultures' wraps up in Kingston

KINGSTON — Join Kingston Community Library for “Bridging Cultures: Understanding Islam Beyond the Headlines” on Wednesday April 9, at 7 p.m.

Professor Ali Asani will lead the audience through a thoughtful and engaging wrap-up presentation, addressing topics covered over the entire Bridging Cultures: Understanding the Middle East and What it Means Today program.

He will highlight religions as more than just the words of their sacred texts; as living and breathing dynamic creations that evolve from cultural and social norms, the complex context in which they exist, and the many different people who practice them.

Asani is the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard, and serves as chairman of the Near Eastern Language and Civilizations Department. He holds a joint appointment in NELC and on the Committee for the Study of Religion. He also serves on the faculty of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. In addition, he has published numerous books and articles.

Bridging Cultures: Understanding the Middle East and What it Means Today is a dynamic program series made possible by three grants, two from both the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and one from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

The Kingston Community Library is located at 2 Library Lane, Kingston.

Call 642-3521 or visit kingston-library.org.

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