Online Resources

Electronic Discussion List

ALA has created an electronic discussion list that will allow librarians at libraries participating in the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys project to exchange information about their series, ask questions of each other, and pool resources. The electronic discussion list is named The list is unmoderated, and all LTAI project directors will be automatically subscribed within five business days of attending the national orientation workshop.

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Muslim Journeys Public Website

Created by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Muslim Journeys public website is intended to introduce the Bookshelf collection to the American public and to enrich the experience of readers by offering online resources that place the books and documentary films in a larger context. By visiting the website, those who seek broader paths for making their Muslim Journeys will find themed essays that draw connections among the books, video essays that illuminate the role of the arts in Muslim societies, and a rich array of primary resources and interpretive articles intended to enhance understanding of ideas and events encountered in the books.

Programming Librarian

The ALA Public Programs Office maintains Programming Librarian, an online resource center for all things related to presenting cultural programs for all types and sizes of libraries. Visit the site to find information about other ALA grant opportunities, programs, and more. You can also visit the Let’s Talk About It area of the site to access essays, book lists, and resources from more than thirty other Let’s Talk About It series on themes ranging from African-American migration to Latino literature to the new millennium and even children’s literature.

Additional Online Resources

Account of the life of Omar ibn Said (1832)
This page on the Documenting the American South website leads to an 1832 account of the life of Omar ibn Said, a Fulbe Muslim slave in North Carolina who wrote an autobiography in Arabic. The site also provides links to other contemporary accounts of Omar, a sample of his handwriting in Maghribi Arabic script, and his portraits.

Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq, 30 Mosques in 30 Days (blog)
This is a blog of two young Muslim men who, since 2010, have taken an annual road trip to visit thirty mosques across the United States during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims are obligated to fast from sunrise to sunset. Each day, they break their fast at a different mosque while sharing the stories of the Muslim communities they meet though pictures, videos, and texts.

Bridging Cultures: Islam and The West,
This site airs interviews with scholars who participated in the NEH-supported forum Bridging Cultures: Islam and The West, held at the University of Minnesota in February 2011. Scholars discuss cultural and scientific exchanges that have occurred over centuries between Western and Islamic nations and have led to countless advances in literature, philosophy, architecture, mathematics, physics and the visual arts. Produced by Twin Cities Public Television with the University of Minnesota Program in Religious Studies, this video was originally broadcast in November 2011.

Building Islam in Detroit
This website, hosted by the University of Michigan, provides an excellent overview of the history and religious activities of the Muslim community in Detroit, one of the first and best-known centers of American Islam.

The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi
Produced for On Being, a series from American Public Media, The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi is a multimedia production that draws out both the intellectual and spiritual substance of this Muslim Sufi religious scholar and poet who focused on the intellectual and spiritual content of Islam. Through an extended interview with Rumi scholar Fatemeh Keshavarz, a musical performance of Rumi’s poetry, and a selection of his poems, this program familiarizes American viewers with the continuing relevance of the teachings of the revered Muslim mystic.

Encyclopædia Iranica
The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. The online version offers features to assist scholars looking for specific information or general readers interested in browsing its pages. The Encyclopædia is an international, collaborative project, based at Columbia University in the City of New York.

In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Denis Belliveau, director, 2008)
In this Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, two modern explorers follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, perhaps the most celebrated traveler in the entire age of Connected Histories.

The Indian Ocean in World History
This free online educational resource shows the history of trade, migration, and interaction in the Indian Ocean region across the centuries, through a series of interactive maps and educational aides.

Invitation to World Literature
A presentation of the Annenberg Foundation on the Annenberg Learner website, this multimedia series covers thirteen works of literature from around the world. The series aims to introduce readers to timeless stories from diverse cultures and contexts. The links chosen here include The Thousand and One Nights—otherwise known as The Arabian Nights—and My Name Is Red, by the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

The Thousand and One Nights
This video introduces The Thousand and One Nights, which presents a world of high Islamic culture, lowbrow comedy, and encounters with the spirit world, all through the stories of the brave Scheherazade, who saves her own life, her husband's sanity, the kingdom, and the happiness of all her readers from the evils of life with her stories.

My Name Is Red
This video introduces My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk's evocative novel of miniaturists in sixteenth-century Istanbul. Then, as now, the city was on the edge of two worlds, responding to the demands of change and tradition.

Islamopedia Online
The mission of Islamopedia Online is to provide access to news and background analysis on Muslim countries and Islamic topics that are often absent from Western media because of language barriers or lack of familiarity with the country, the issues or players at stake. Islamopedia Online is a comprehensive database of the most influential religious figures across Muslim countries and their positions translated from Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi on issues like political violence, women and the rights of religious minorities. Islamopedia Online also provides a translation in English of major news at the intersection of religion and politics, as well as background analysis country profiles. There is also an original production of videos from scholars and journalists to better understand the current debates on Islam either in the West or in Muslim-majority countries. Islamopedia Online is institutionally supported by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University, the Transatlantic Program on Islam in the West based at the CNRS in Paris (see:, the Social Science Research Council, and the Minerva Fellowship.

Muslim Life in America
The U.S. State Department created this website to showcase Muslim life in America during the early years of the so-called war on terror. It serves as an example of the intermediary role American Muslims have often played in U.S. cultural diplomacy involving Muslims not only in Muslim-majority countries but also in Europe.

Prince Among Slaves: The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans
Based on the award-winning NEH-supported documentary film, Prince Among Slaves, this website features content focusing on three theme areas: identity, Muslims in early America, and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its purpose is to deepen public understanding about the impact and legacy of American cultural and religious history in the antebellum era, and its influences on our pluralistic society today.

Teach Mideast
The TeachMideast website is an educational initiative of the Middle East Policy Council. It features essays, activities, resources, maps, and other materials appropriate for K–12 students on geography, history, culture, religion, languages, and current issues in the Middle East.

Thomas Bluett, Some Memoirs of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon, the High Priest of Boonda in Africa (1734)
This is the first known book-length account of the life of an African Muslim in America. Job Ben Solomon was a noble Fulbe who was sold into slavery in Kent County, Maryland. He was manumitted by philanthropists who paid for his passage to England, where he met with the British royal family and the gentry of the time before being employed by the Royal African Company to help advance English trade in the interior of Africa.