A national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today launched a major educational initiative designed to counter what it says is a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) year-long campaign, called "Explore Islamic Civilization and Culture," will encourage Muslims to sponsor 18-item "library packages" of books, videos and audio cassettes about Islam and Muslims, which will then be distributed to as many as 16,000 public libraries nationwide. A pilot program by CAIR's Los Angeles office placed more than 2500 books and videos in 166 libraries.
The $150 library packages contain materials such as the PBS documentary "Islam: Empire of Faith," Prof. Jack Shaheen's "Reel Bad Arabs" and "The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?" by Prof. John Esposito of Georgetown University's Center for Muslim- Christian Understanding. Other materials include a copy of the Quran, children's books on Ramadan and mosque architecture, as well as a book describing the experiences of African-Muslim slaves.
For more information, visit: http://www.libraryproject.org.
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