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Islam and the Middle East: Beyond Headlines

Miriam Cooke & Bruce Lawrence

Syria is a war torn zone where six years of civil war have produced urban devastation, a flood of refugees, and a failed revolution.

The Qur’an is Arabic holy writ for Muslims. It cannot be understood except in the original Arabic; only Arab, or Arabic speaking, Muslims get its meaning and grasp its message.

Both these ‘myths’ will be explored, then challenged by an academic couple with long experience teaching, traveling and living in the Middle East. Miriam Cooke and Bruce Lawrence are retired Duke professors, she in Arab culture, he in Islamic studies.

Sunday, November 5th, 3:00PM
Event address: 
10720 Preston Road
Ste 1009B
Dallas, TX 75230
Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781138692176
Availability: Special Order
Published: Routledge - December 4th, 2016

Cooke’s latest book, DANCING IN DAMASCUS, looks at the creativity of Syrian artists, their resilience in the face of daily, unrelenting violence, and now their persistent hope that the Syrian revolution is not dead but, instead, morphed into longterm resistance. Resistance is fueled by dissident film-makers, artists and poets, all of them on full display in this evocative book.

The Koran in English: A Biography Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691155586
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Published: Princeton University Press - June 20th, 2017

For THE KORAN IN ENGLISH: A BIOGRAPHY, Bruce Lawrence explores the saga of the Arabic Qur’an beyond the Arab world. In 1900 there were but 5 translations into English; now there are more than 115, including an illustrated American Qur’an. South Asian Muslims have produced scores of Koran translations. Why in English? Can a book revealed in Arabic convey sacred sounds and lofty meanings in English? Devout translators say: yes.