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Iqra Book Club: Introduction 12 January 2006

Posted by ABD in ABD, Relationships, Reviews.

by ABD

“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle rickshaw”

Irina Dunn modified

Iqra Book Club (iqrabookclub.org) is a new book club for Muslims in the Boston area, focusing on mainstream works that touch upon themes of interest to Muslims in the West. This is not a halaqa: we are not studying Islamic texts, nor for the most part will the books be by Muslim authors. It’s rather an opportunity for book lovers to draw connections between their favorite books and their lives as Muslims.

This is a Boston-wide group, and depending on interest we’ll inshaAllah run a Boston site (at BU) and a Cambridge site (at Harvard) in parallel. Using a mixed format at each site, we’ll begin and end as a whole group while breaking away for smaller same-sex discussions.

Gender relations is the first theme of Iqra Book Club, to be covered in four sessions over the course of the Spring 2006 semester. We will inshaAllah be meeting the first weekend of each month, beginning Feb 4/5. Books will be selected from the following list: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton), A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen), To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf), A Return to Modesty (Wendy Shalit), Wild at Heart (John Eldredge) and Iron John (Robert Bly). (For anyone who thinks the list is too girly, the last two books are specifically on men and manliness.)

If you’re interested, please email info@iqrabookclub so that you can be added to the list. You don’t have to attend every session, but it’s important to guage how many people are generally interested. We’ll take your input in finalizing the texts and meeting times. We’ll begin with Austen’s Pride or Wharton’s Age of Innocence, so you can get a headstart on the reading.

You can also follow us at iqrabookclub.org. We’ll inshaAllah be posting reading notes and hosting reader comments.

And success is with Allah alone.



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