CAIR-CAN launches its Islamic library project
Author: Joe Woodward
Source: Calgary Herald, September 27, 2003, p. B8
Original title: Islamic library project launched
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada launched its national Islamic library project Friday at the W.R. Castell Central Library in downtown Calgary.
In a small ceremony, the Ottawa-based lobby group donated an information package of 13 Muslim resources, including the Qur’an, a variety of multimedia items (featuring two acclaimed PBS documentaries) and CAIR-CAN service publications for employers, educators, health-care providers and journalists.
“After Sept. 11, there were two interrelated trends: A phenomenal curiosity about Islam — bookstores were inundated with requests for the Koran — and a tremendous amount of outreach, seeking inter-community understanding,” said CAIR-CAN director Riad Saloojee. “Our intention is to keep that discussion and dialogue open.”
Saloojee said the Muslim Council of Calgary is sponsoring additional packages, at a cost of $200 apiece, for all or most of the city’s branch libraries. And Muslim students have said they are interested in sponsoring them for their high school libraries.
CAIR-USA began a similar program last year, Saloojee said, and has already placed 6,500 similar information packages in libraries across the United States. CAIR-CAN is now actively seeking donors to do the same across Canada.