Two programs are being presented at the Fairfield Public Library as part of the library's Muslim Journeys program: a family program on mosaic tiles on Saturday, Oct 5, and a screening of the film, "Koran by Heart," on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Both programs are funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative.
Fairfield artists Christine Orlando and Priscilla Igram will lead the family program from 10:30 a.m to noon when they discuss the history of Islamic tiles.
After learning about Islamic tiles, children and parents will paint their own repeating design tiles. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can help them with their tiles.
The film screening and discussion will be at 6 p.m. including a discussion with Martin Nguyen, assistant professor of Islamic Religious Studies.
Film director Greg Barker came up with the idea of filming a Koran recitation competition as an interesting entry point into a complex subject. The film shows families grappling with issues that Muslims and non-Muslims are dealing with all around the world: How should Muslim children be educated?
Both programs are free, but seating is limited. To register, visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160.
Other Muslin Journeys programs this fall include "Stories from the Muslim World," a family program with traditional stories and folktales; "A Trip through Muslim Journeys," a talk with history teacher Brian Kelahan that considers how Muslim groups have migrated and explored; and an author talk and luncheon with Mahru Ghashghaei and Susan Snyder featuring their book, "Nine Rubies."