Invitation to participate in the project “Living library”
Despite the existence for few hundreds years in Lithuania, Muslims in Lithuania is still a community unfamiliar to the most of Lithuanians. According to social distance survey, Muslims are one of the least desirable neighbors-to-be in Lithuania. Moreover, according to the results of the research on the image of socially vulnerable groups in media, done by the Media4Change movement, negative portrayals of Muslims in Lithuanian media are more common than positive ones. Unfortunately, they are often depicted only in a single-sided manner, usually from negative perspective, and then identified as either terrorists or extremists. Members of Muslims’ community feel sad about such inaccurate prejudice towards them. However, people who themselves got to know Muslims more closely, know that such thoughts are not true.
Muslims of foreign origin, living and visiting Lithuania, have deep and beautiful traditions and customs of their faith. Local Lithuanian Tatars are closely related to Lithuanian history and practices of Islam in our country, and has long been a part of Lithuanian society. All these people are members of Lithuanian Muslims’ community and all of them share one common faith – Islam.
In this world in which we live as humble servants of Allah (as Muslims) we must remain faithful to our religion – Islam. Our ultimate goal is the same – Paradise, thus we must strive as much as we can to earn the grace of Allah Almighty. We as muslims must be able to create Islamic community which shares good deeds and security and evokes the trust in it for the members of the community and beyond.
Having said that, we would like to invite muslims* to participate in the program “Living library” (Gyvoji biblioteka) under the auspices of National Institute for Social Integration and become the living book (speaker) – to engage in talks about muslims’ traditions, Islam religion and answer the questions. By being the living book (speaker) you would contribute to great efforts in changing public prejudice towards Muslims. Presentation may take place in Lithuanian or English.
The project “Living library” has been going on continuously in Lithuania since 2007. Next event is planned during 16th Vilnius Book Fair (19-21 February, 2015) which attracts many visitors every year.
Please note that the organizers of “Living library” project can present the project in formal or informal place. If you are interested or have inquiries, please e-mail us to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* at this moment the number of Living Books (speakers) is limited