Concordia University, St. Paul presents, Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a collection of novels and memoirs that give a glimpse of what life is like for children and adults living in Muslim-majority societies.
During the 2013-14 academic year Concordia will hold discussions titled "Points of View", featuring five titles in this collection. The selected titles open doors to the experiences of adults and children living in Muslim-majority societies and demonstrate the rich diversity of experience and variety of Muslim opinions, and help recognize and confirm shared values.
The fourth book featured in the year-long discussion series is Kamila Shamsie's novel "Broken Verses". (New York: A Harvest Original/Harcourt, Inc., 2005)
Pakistan was created as an independent nation in 1947, carved from predominantly Muslim regions in the east and west of India after British colonial rule ended on the Indian subcontinent. Ever since, Pakistan has struggled to be Islamic yet secular, and to create a sense of nationhood in a population of great cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity. In Broken Verses, Kamila Shamsie beautifully captures the promise of Pakistan and the country’s divisive political reality. Told through the eyes of a young television journalist working in the flourishing seaport of Karachi, the novel traces one family’s incredible experience of Pakistan from the 1970s to the present. Part mystery, part romance, and part coming-of-age tale, Broken Verses combines a compelling story with a larger meditation on the meaning of poetry, politics, religion, and Pakistan itself.
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.