Portland State University
Edward Said Lecture Series
Sociology of Islam presents
Islamophobia in the US: The Swords and Jewels
Friday october 29 multicultural center
the smith memorial student union 2 - 3:30
Author and journalist Sherry Jones is perhaps best known for her controversial debut novel, "The Jewel of Medina," a tale of the early life of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's favorite wife, A'isha bint Abi Bakr, the most famous and influential woman in Islam. Today, "The Jewel of Medina," published in October 2008 by Beaufort Books of New York, has been translated into 20 languages and has hit best-seller lists in seven countries. Its sequel, "The Sword of Medina," continues A'isha's fascinating story. In this book, A'isha, a nineteen-year-old widow, comes into her own as a political adviser, religious scholar, and military strategist who led troops in the first Islamic civil war. It has also been published around the world, and won a Book of the Year Award from the Independent Publishers' Association. Ms. Jones's forthcoming novel, about four sisters in 13th-century Provence who became queens of France, England, Germany, and Sicily, is scheduled for publication in 2012 by Gallery, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
Co-sponsored by International Studies - The Portland Center for Public Humanities - Religious Studies History - Judaic Studies - Political Science - Center for Turkish - Sociology - Studies School of Social Work - School of Business Administration.