William Jewell College is one of 842 institutions nationwide to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant, a project of The National Endowment for the Humanities “Bridging Cultures” initiative.
The College has received a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association (ALA) based on the advice of scholars, librarians, and other public programming experts, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. Each participating library will receive 25 books, 3 films, and access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
The first in a planned series of “Bridging Cultures Bookshelves,” the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project is a leading effort in National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach’s “Bridging Cultures” initiative, which has highlighted the importance of civility in American life and embraced the role of libraries in fostering community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways. Support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support for the arts and media components from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Jewell faculty and staff involved in the grant application included project director Rebecca Hamlett, faculty advisors Dr. Milton Horne and Dr. Sara Morrison, and student groups Diakrinomena and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Additional funding from the College’s Center for Justice and Sustainability will allow for future programming to support the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project
For more information about the Muslim Journeys Project, go to www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2013-01-09.