Muslim Journeys

 

bridging cultures:

muslim journeys bookshelf

In January 2013, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in cooperation with the American Library Association, awarded to 843 libraries and state humanities councils in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, 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. . Support for this program was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Ypsilanti District Library and Eastern Michigan University Library have both received this award and have partnered to make these resources available to the community.  Events are being planned at both libraries to explore the themes presented by the Bridging Cultures Project; event dates and times will be posted to this page as they become available. 

Map credit: The Walters Museum of Art, Baltimore

For information about EMU's collection, visit:  http://guides.emich.edu/muslimjourneys

Awarded materials are now in the Nonfiction and Fiction collections 2nd floor at our Whittaker Road facility. Books and DVD's are available for checkout.

 

Library Resources:

Oxford Islamic Studies Database
The Oxford Islamic Studies Online database has over 5000 entries featuring reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture. YDL patrons will have access to this outstanding resource for the year 2013.

 

American Stories:
While the large presence of Muslims in the United States dates to the 1960s, Muslims have been a part of the 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.

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 as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today. 

 Literary Reflections

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 as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today.

 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 for learning and obeying the precepts of the Qur’an, following Muhammad’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 paths followed by the Sunni and Shia communities; and the mystical routes to spiritual fulfillment known as Sufism.

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 encounter individual experiences in Muslim-majority societies through memoirs and novels representing a diverse geography and some of the best contemporary storytelling.

 Art Spots

  Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (DVD) by Rob Gardner Films  

This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.

 

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July 2017 New & On Order DVD/Blu-ray
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