Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Series

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Series

The Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library invites the Barry community to special presentation as part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf series.

“The Living Quran”

Iqbal Akhtar, Ph.D

Date: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library, room 308

About the Presenter:
Iqbal Akhtar, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Islamic Studies at Florida International University. Akhtar’s specialties include advanced interpretation of the Quran, Islamic faith and society, Women in Islam, and Islamic mysticism.

Akhtar completed his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh’s New College School of Divinity. His dissertation, entitled “The Oriental African: The Evolution of Postcolonial Islamic Identities among the Globalized Khoja of Dar Es Salaam,” studies the evolution of Khoja religious identity in East Africa over two centuries from the late eighteenth century Indic Khoja religion of Hindu-Islam to Near Eastern Islamic orthodoxy in the late twentieth century. His current work explores the origin of the Khoja peoples in the Subcontinent through extant oral traditions known as the Kahan?i in Sindhi, Gujarati, and Hindustani.

For more information, please contact Merlene Nembhard, Reference Librarian, at 305-899-4051 or

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.