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Muslim Journeys

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. 


    Minaret by Leila Aboulela
    A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
    The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
    The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
    Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
    Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
    Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
    The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
    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 Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
    In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
    The Story of the Quran: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
    The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
    Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
    Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
    Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
    Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
    The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
    The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
    House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
    Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
    The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman�s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson

Films with Public Performance Rights
    Prince Among Slaves (directed by Andrea Kalin, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2007)
    Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (directed by Rob Gardner, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2011)
    Koran by Heart (directed by Greg Barker, produced by HBO documentary films, 2011)

Other Resources
    A one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (February 2013-February 2014)
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    Islamic Art Spots are seven illustrated video essays written, developed, and presented by Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles and produced by Twin Cities Public Television as part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys project. These video essays provide an introduction to Islamic art and architecture in a way that relates to the project themes and readings, referencing additional primary source texts.

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.

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