Acadiana residents and college students are being given the opportunity to participate in a program, geared towards learning about the Islamic religion and heritage.
"The Islamic world is a really incredibly diverse place and an important place in world history" says Parker Grey.
Parker and April Grey, head of cataloging and metadata at the Edith Garland Dupre Library obtained grant to fund a program comprised of film, books and guest speakers. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Collection is aimed at educating the public about the Islamic culture.
"There is this idea of using humanities, using history and literature, African studies and Asian studies and these kinds of fields to reach out and teach people about the history of folks who are different than them" says Parker.
This is the first semester for the Muslim journeys bookshelf collection and Dr. Parker says it's gotten a lot of positive feedback, but the main theme behind Muslim journeys is not just Islamic religion but about bridging cultures overall.
"I mean after September 11th thee was all this, talk again emerged about clash of civilizations and something like the Muslim journeys bookshelf is a way for us to say, we are really not civilizations that clash, we have a lot of similarities, we share a lot of things, and we have a lot of differences but let's learn about them" says Parker
The religion of Islam is one of the largest in the world, and parker says he hopes those who read the books and attend the film screenings
"Walk away with a better understanding all around the world" says Parker.
Wednesday, "Prince Among Slaves", will be shown at 4:00 P.M. at HL Griffin hall and the public is invited to attend. Parker says he hopes the program continues to grow into future semesters.