Century College Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The Bookshelf 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 Bookshelf is a component of Bridging Cultures, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programs through which NEH will provide resources to enhance libraries’ collections and their capacity to engage audiences in reflection on and conversation about a variety of Bridging Cultures themes.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Islam as a religion or of the Muslim world in all its complexity. The NEH selected the title, Muslim Journeys, to convey a more modest ambition, which is to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims around the world, including those within the U.S.
Further information about the hundreds of books, films, magazines, and Web resources available to anyone interested in learning more about Islamic history and culture is available from the Muslim Journeys website developed by the Ali Vurak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, and from the NEH’s Bridging Cultures website.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Bookshelf was provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.