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Ancient ‘Islamic Treasures’ make way for ‘Young, American and Muslim’ authors

Felicia Haney | 9/18/2013, midnight
Step inside the Special Treasures Department and one would be hard pressed to find decorated guards standing at attention, white-gloved ...

CPL does not confirm or deny that the folklore following this particular Quran is true, they merely provided the tale of the myth coupled with some facts that human skin-wrapped books – a process technically known as anthropodermic biblopegy – were popular in the 17th century. It is believed that this Quran’s previous owner – an Arab tribal leader – may have gotten in on the practice, usually reserved for medical texts, as a way to immortalize himself. The library has discussed getting the book DNA tested to uphold or put to rest the legend for good.

But, this is not the only tale being told during Islamic Treasures, they have everything from spy stories to stories of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and prayer times for certain hours as well as pictures of pilgrimages to Mecca and princess brides. To say the least, it is an interesting collection that provides some cool history lessons and provides thought-provoking fodder as well as a spiritual connection for those of the Islamic faith.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by the kick-off of the CPL’s Writers and Readers series, “Young, American and Muslim” at 2 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing.