In a bid to quench Canadians’ need for answers about Islam, a North American organization launched a national initiative yesterday to provide literature on the religion to public libraries.

The main branch of the Calgary Public Library was the site for the launch of the CAIR-CAN — the Canadian office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations — national Islamic library project.

The initiative follows two trends observed in the last few years by the organization, said CAIR-CAN executive director Riad Saloojee.

“The first is a great deal of interest, phenomenal interest about Islam and…we saw an increase in interdenominational dialogue, more discussion and more acceptance,” said Saloojee.

Since the attacks against New York City and Washington D.C., Canadians have had difficulty finding literature on Islam and Muslim culture as orders for books have been back-logged at stores and the copies available at libraries are few in numbers”¦


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