The Illinois Central College Library is one of more than 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 and the American Library Association. The materials grant includes 25 books, a one-year subscription to a database and three DVD movies. 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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) and 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 information about these new materials or to obtain copies of the program materials, please visit, or contact ICC’s Outreach and Reference Librarian Michelle Nielsen Ott at 694-5617.

 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 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.