Connors State College awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection from NEH, ALA

BridgingCulturesMuskogee, OK – Connors State College is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program 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 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)

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.

For additional information about these new materials, contact Becky Rayborn, becky.rayborn@connorsstate.edu, 918-684-5408 or Dr. Pamela Louderback, louderba@nsuok.edu, 918-812-8978. To obtain copies of program materials, please contact either Becky Rayborn or Dr. Pamela Louderback.

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 Bridging Cultures initiative highlights the importance of civility in American life and embraces the role of libraries in fostering community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf 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. Local support is provided by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

Connors State College and Northeastern State University Muskogee Campuses have a cooperative partnership of co-located campuses where members of both faculty/staff use combined services on the same property . The Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys grant is a combined effort of one member of each staff from these two libraries who have collaborated to obtain the grant award.  These two individuals will be working in partnership to present the programs for this award.

One program will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013, from 1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.  in the campus library located at 2404 W. Shawnee, Muskogee, OK. During this program, the books received from the grant will be presented, a video, Prince Among Slaves, will be shown and a time for discussion will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

To sign up, contact Becky Rayborn or Dr. Pamela Louderback.

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