“Social Structure: The Islamic Imagination - A Conversation” to be Held at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Madison, NJ (November 13, 2008) – “Social Structure: The Islamic Imagination” is the title of a conversation to be led by Professor Kenneth Sammond, on November 20, 2008 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Orangerie of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Professor Sammond, a lecturer in the department of literature, language, writing and philosophy, will discuss the social and religious systems as they stood in Afghanistan during the time frame of the book The Kite Runner. All freshmen at the university are reading the book this semester and the event is meant to enrich the experiences portrayed in the book.

“Generally, I will be exploring and detailing how Islam is imagined by its believers and by non-believers and how that relates to the practice of Islam in the world and in Afghanistan,” stated Professor Sammond. “We will also discuss how Muslims see themselves both as individuals and as a collective group that crosses geography, tribe and social class.”

The Kite Runner, a best seller in the U.S. in 2005, was voted the “reading group book of the year” in 2006 by the Penguin/Orange Reading Group in the U.K. In 2007, the book was made into a movie that was nominated for an Academy Award.

To compliment the discussion there are seven authentic kites from Afghanistan suspended from the ceiling of the library. In addition, Steve McCurry’s iconic photo “The Afghan Girl,” which was the cover of National Geographic in June 1985, will be hung in the library along with other McCurry prints that were originally displayed as part of an exhibit in The General Assembly at the United Nations.

For more information, please contact Professor Bethany Rabinowitz at 973-443-8360 or by email at brabinow@fdu.edu.



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