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Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

The Howell Carnegie District Library 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 Howell Carnegie District Library was one of 46 libraries in Michigan to be selected for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf.

As part of being selected, the library received a collection of 25 books, four films and a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (January–December 2013) and Islamic Art Spots, 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.

“This collection complements what we have to offer at the Howell Carnegie District Library and provides an insight into the lives and history of Arab culture,” said Donna Olson, HCDL Reference Librarian. “Many of us have friends and neighbors with roots in the Arab community. Because of current events, we tend to shy away from topics we think may be controversial. This collection offers a glimpse into a rich, diverse culture which we all share.”

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

American Stories:

Connected Histories:

Literary Reflections

Pathways of Faith

Points of View

Art, Architecture and Film

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