Through the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, NEH and ALA are providing a collection of twenty-five books, three documentary films, a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and a DVD of short films titled Islamic Art Spots developed and presented by national project scholar D. Fairchild Ruggles, to more than nine hundred libraries in all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Participating libraries will present at least one program for public audiences during the project term, January–December 2013.
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 Muslim-majority societies in all its complexity. Rather, it seeks to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The collection has been organized around five themes, including American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith and Points of View.