For February 2012, our new Online Book Club is discussing The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, by Sumbul Ali-Karamali. This is one of the books chosen for the community reading program, Silicon Valley Reads, which this year focuses on the theme "Muslim and American."
Each week, we'll post a different question to spark a discussion! For Week 2, let's discuss:
Why does the Muslim head covering for women provoke such reflexive reactions in many non-Muslims? What does it reflect about women’s issues in Islamic countries?
I think that the cause of such reflexive reactions has to do with discomfort and sometimes fear of the unfamiliar. A Catholic nun's veil doesn't evoke such reactions because it's a more common, familiar sight in 'the West'. Moreover, I think there is a strong bias here about the role of women in Islamic countries that drives these reactions. Many people don't know that there are many professional women in predominately Islamic countries, for example. The author points this out in the book, as well.
What do you think? Did the author's insights about the role of women in Islamic cultures and the Islamic tradition surprise you?
Giving an eReader for the holidays? You can include this downloadable coupon for free eBooks at the library so your recipient can start e-reading quickly for free!
SJPL now boasts yet another new collection of online eBooks – the Gale Reference Virtual Library, which includes reference books (encyclopedias, history books) as well as travel books.
These reference titles are available for online viewing, for downloading as PDFs, and also downloading as eAudioBook in MP3 format. (You first have to click on a section/chapter to get all the printing, downloading, and listening options – there’s no way to print or download the entire title, unfortunately.)
The great news is that there’s no software required for downloading! Horray! Also, these titles are always available, so there are no waiting lists.
Please visit the collection from the downloads page at sjpl.org; the direct link is http://0-go.galegroup.com.catalog.sjlibrary.org/ps/start.do?p=GVRL&u=sjpllib
These titles are also included in the catalog.
There are a number of sites that offer eAudioBooks for free.
FreeClassicAudioBooks.com has a number of classics titles, and the site also takes requests.
What are your favorite resources for free eAudioBooks? Please share them in the comments!
Get your Kindle books now from the library! Most existing OverDrive eBooks can now be read on all Kindle devices or by using free Kindle apps on iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile devices. A few PDF titles may not yet available for Kindle but OverDrive and Amazon are working to reduce this.
To check out Kindle Books, first, visit our Virtual Branch website (http://overdrive.sjlibrary.org) to browse, search, and check out. Click on the Kindle icon on the left to browse the titles. You can also use the Advanced Search option and limit by format, also.
Then, when you decide to check out a Kindle Book, a "Get for Kindle" link will display. You will then sign in to your Amazon account. Then, you will choose which Kindle device or free Kindle app you want to deliver the title to.
Please let us know in the comments what you think about this exciting update!