Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Collection
Kansas State University Libraries are proud to be selected to receive a set of books and films on the topic of Islamic society and culture. These books and films were selected by scholars and reflect broad themes as a way of exploring the diversity of Muslim thought and experience. As a complement to the set of books and films, we also have a subscription to the database Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO) and access to resource website. This complete collection of resources aims to familiarize audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The themes are explored more fully on the individual tabs of this guide and on the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys website, each of which features the books and films in the theme, an essay by the scholar that chose the items, more suggestions for further exploration from our library collections, and additional resources. The five themes are:
- American Stories - Stories by and about Muslims living in the United States, from the 1800's to the present.
- Connected Histories - Books discussing scientific, commercial, and political interactions between the empires of the West and the Islamic East.
- Literary Reflections - Classic and contemporary works of Muslim writers in a variety of literary genres.
- Pathways of Faith - Works dealing with the Islamic faith itself, especially as examined by non-Muslims.
- Points of View - Personal reflections on Islamic culture from writers inside, on the margins, and outside.
- Art, Architecture, & Film - Films and books designed to show how full integrated the arts are integrated into all phases of life in the Muslim world.
In addition to a tab for each theme, there is also information with resources for faculty who wish to incorporate these ideas into their classes and more in-depth information about the OISO database. There is also an Events box below that will be continually udpated with upcoming public events connected to this collection.
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.