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Muslim Journeys

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. 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.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes the following titles, organized by theme:

American Stories

  • 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
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson

Connected Histories

  • The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
  • In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
  • When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
  • Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
  • The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal

Literary Reflections

  • Minaret by Leila Aboulela
  • The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
  • The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely

Pathways of Faith

  • Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
  • The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
  • The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
  • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
  • Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson

Points of View

  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
  • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

Art Architecture and Film

  • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
  • Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
  • Islamic Art Spots (short films designed, written, and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television)
  • Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
  • Prince Among Slaves (2007)
  • Koran by Heart (2011)

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The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.

The University of Central Missouri's James C. Kirkpatrick Library is among 840 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide – including 10 in Missouri – to receive this special collection of materials. The initiative aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The James C. Kirkpatrick Library will present a series of programs and activities to promote and provide context to the collection.


    Dr. Nader Hashemi Reception/Muslim Journeys Collection and Program Series Debut
    Monday, April 8, 2013, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Kirkpatrick Library Performance Corner
    Co-sponsors: International Center; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
    Event Details: Attendees will learn about the Muslim Journeys grant, collection, and program series. Refreshments will be served in honor of Dr. Nader Hashemi's visit.

    "Why Israel and Palestine are Central to Resolving the Crisis in Islam-West Relations"
    Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Union 237
    Presenter: Dr. Nader Hashemi/Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
    Muslim Journeys Theme: Points of View
    Co-sponsors: International Center; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
    Event Details: Dr. Hashemi's presentation will be followed by a reaction panel of faculty and students, as well as audience Q&A.

    "Islamic and Saudi Arabian Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art"
    October 17, 2013, time tbd (sometime between 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM). Kirkpatrick Library Performance Corner
    Presenter: Jeanne McCray Beals Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
    Muslim Journeys Theme: Art, Architecture, and Film
    Event Details: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Curator Kimberly Masteller will be on campus to discuss the current exhibition “Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists” and share information about the upcoming exhibition “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”. This event coincides with and is part of UCM's Saudi Arabia Day. Hosted by Dr. Amber R. Clifford, Assistant Professor, UCM History and Anthropology Department.

    Prince Among Slaves: Muslim Slaves in the American South
    November 12, 2013, Twomey Auditorium (Wood 101), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Presenter: Dr. Jessica Cannon, Assistant Professor, UCM History & Anthropology Department
    Muslim Journeys Theme: Connected Histories
    Event Details: This event will include a moderated discussion of the movie "Prince Among Slaves" led by Dr. Jessica Cannon. "Prince Among Slaves" tells the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, an African prince captured in warfare, sold to slave traders along the African coast, and taken to the American South, where he was enslaved on a cotton plantation near Natchez, MS. Co-sponsored by the UCM History and Anthropology Department.

A copy of the event flyer can be found here: http://library.ucmo.edu/muslimjourneysflyer.pdf

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