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.
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
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
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
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.