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‘Koran by Heart’ to be Hosted in Conjunction with Muslim Journeys Series

Koran by HeartThe final 2013 calendar year “Muslim Journeys” activity is a screening of the film, “Koran by Heart” on Monday, Dec. 9 in Room 133 of the Ferris Library for Information Technology and Education beginning at 4 p.m.

As the event takes place during Exam Week, it is being structured as a study break with popcorn for students. In addition to Ferris students, this event is free and open to the public.

“Koran by Heart” is the story of three young people, two boys and one girl, who are participants in the International Holy Koran Competition in Cairo. Each year, during Ramadan, 100-plus of the best young students from more than 70 Islamic countries travel to Cairo as part of the competition in Egypt. The film, part of the HBO Documentary Films Summer Series, notes that this competition is one of the most prestigious in the Islamic world. Competitors are as young as 7 years old, and some participants have memorized the entire 600-page Koran without actually speaking Arabic, according to the documentary’s Web page.

“Koran by Heart” is directed by Greg Barker and produced by Barker, John Battsek and Julie Goldman.