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Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Welcome to the Jewell Muslim Journeys Bookshelf presented by Curry Library, Diakrinomena, and Sigma Tau Delta and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The 25 books and DVDs included in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf have been selected to present the public with new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. This collection will be used as the foundation for public programing throughout the year on Jewell's campus. These programs and resources will promote knowledge and understanding of Islamic cultures, and how these cultures relate to their own beliefs, communities, and shared humanity. The collection is available in the Curry Library and includes the following resources.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys official ALA homepage can be found at this link with information about the program, its goals, and the materials included.

Common Reader Dinner

The Common Reader Dinner, planned as part of the Muslim Journeys grant program and the Center for Justice and Sustainability grant program, will be a scholarly discussion of the text chosen, Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel. The text is available for checkout in Curry Library and is also available in a digital e-book format through the library's service Ebrary. The e-book can be checked out by clicking on the title link below.

Event: Common Reader Dinner
Text: Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Yates Dining

***We are also asking for 6 faculty volunteers to assist in moderating the scholarly discussion. Please RSVP to Rebecca Hamlett at hamlettr AT william.jewell DOT edu.


Digital Resources

 Oxford Islamic Studies Online

The Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database brings together current scholarship in the field for to foster a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. It features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated. Oxford Islamic Studies Online encompasses over 5,000 reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines, and offers a multi-layered reference experience designed to provide a first stop for anyone needing information and context on Islam.

(This resource is available on campus only)




Prince Among Slaves

Koran by Heart

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World


Print Materials (many of the texts are also available in digital format through the Curry Library Catalog)

American Stories

While the large presence of Muslims in the United States dates to the 1960s, Muslims have been a part of the formative history of America since colonial times. American Muslims’ stories draw attention to ways in which people of varying religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds interact to shape both their communities’ identities and our collective past.



A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed

Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford

The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States edited by Edward E. Curtis

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel


Connected Histories

Centuries before the dawn of the modern age, the world was already a surprisingly interconnected place. Readings for this theme introduce a way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West are seen as products of a shared, cosmopolitan, and inextricably intertwined past. These books help envision the world of our ancestors, which was every bit as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today.



In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh

Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf 

The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon


Literary Reflections

American Stories
Developed by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College
While the large presence of Muslims in the United States dates to the 
1960s, Muslims have been a part of the formative history of America since 
colonial times. American Muslims’ stories draw attention to ways in which 
people of varying religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds interact to shape both their communities’ identities and our collective past. 
A Quiet Revolution
by Leila Ahmed 
Prince Among Slaves
by Terry Alford
The Columbia Sourcebook 
of Muslims in the United 
States edited by 
Edward E. Curtis IV
The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson

Over the centuries, Islam has provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. The readings for this theme can be seen as literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity. Each one reveals the transformation of faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islamic traditions to meet their distinctive cultural realities and spiritual needs.


The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Merniss

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Minaret by Leila Aboulela

The Arabian Nights edited by Muhsin Mahdi translated by Husain Haddawy


Pathways of Faith

Following the correct pathway to spiritual fulfillment and success is a key Islamic principle. Readings for this theme explore the basic requirements of learning and obeying the Qur’anic revelation, following the Prophet’s teachings, and engaging in specific formal practices. Also introduced are the pathways leading from Judaism and Christianity to Islam, the youngest of the three Abrahamic religions; the divergent pathways followed by the Sunni and Shia communities; and the mystical pathways to spiritual fulfillment known as Sufism.



Rumi: Poet and Mystic edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson

 Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown

The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter

The Story of Qur'an Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson



Points of View

The drama of conflict, chaos, and war come to Western readers in daily newspaper stories, but the news gives us scant details about how people live their lives in Islamabad, Fez, Cairo, or Tehran. Through the titles in “Points of View,” readers will experience Islamic culture through memoirs and novels representing a diverse geography and some of the best works in contemporary storytelling. 


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie



The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Additional materials have been donated through the generosity of Barnes and Noble. Funding for programming is provided by the Projects for Justice and Sustainability grant through the Center of Justice and Sustainability, William Jewell College. 

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