Warner Mansion book talk series opens with ‘Old Islam in Detroit’

Sally Howell
Author Sally Howell (contributed photo)

Farmington’s Governor Warner Mansion opens its 2018 Pages in the Parlor series on Thursday, Feb. 1 with a look at the history of Islam in Detroit.

Author Sally Howell will speak at 7 p.m. about her recent book, Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past. Howell is director of the Center for Arab American Studies and an assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is co-author of Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11 and editor of Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade.

While Islam is often portrayed as a religion of immigrants, converts, and cultural outsiders, Muslims have been part of American society for much longer than most people realize. And the anxieties that many people feel – both new Muslim Americans and non-Muslims alike – about the place of Islam in today’s American society are part of a dynamic process of political and religious change that continues to unfold.

The book talk will be held indoors in the Warner Mansion living room and is free and open to the public. Following the presentation will be a Q & A session, as well as an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.

Arrive early and listen to 19th-century music played on the Warner Mansion’s grand piano, beginning at 6:45 p.m.