Muslim Journeys Overview

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is conducting a special initiative, Bridging Cultures, 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.

Projects already funded under the Bridging Cultures initiative address themes as varied as the role of civility in democracy; religious pluralism in the United States; the Muslim-majority societies and the humanities; U.S. history in global perspective; Asian cultural traditions on the Pacific Rim; the role of women in war and peace; cultural encounters between China and the U.S.; the influence of the American West on European culture; and the history of relations between China and Africa. Additional information is available at NEH’s Bridging Cultures website.

As part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, NEH is collaborating with the American Library Association to present two Muslim Journeys programs: the Bookshelf and Let’s Talk About It (LTAI). Libraries selected to participate in these projects will also have access to a Muslim Journeys website developed for the general public by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. The site offers online resources, including essays, videos, primary resources, interpretive articles, and suggestions for further reading, intended to enhance understanding of ideas and events encountered in the books.