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About the Muslim Journeys project

   In January 2013 the JET library was awarded the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The library was awarded 25 books, 3 feature length films, a database subscription and a collection of short films. These resources revolve around the six themes of the collection: American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith, Points of View, and Art, Architecture, and Film.

The works awarded are as follows: 


  • Minaret by Leila Aboulela
  • A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
  • The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
  • The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
  • Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
  • Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
  • Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
  • The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
  • 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
  • The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
  • The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  • Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
  • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
  • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
  • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson

Feature Length Films

  • Prince Among Slaves (directed by Andrea Kalin, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2007)
  • Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (directed by Rob Gardner, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2011)
  • Koran by Heart (directed by Greg Barker, produced by HBO documentary films, 2011)

Other Resources

  • A one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (January–December 2013)
  • A one-hour DVD of short films written, developed, and performed for the project by D. Fairchild Ruggles and produced by Twin Cities Public Television. These “Islamic Art Spots” will provide an introduction to Islamic art and architecture in a way that relates to the project themes and readings and references additional primary source texts.

Michelle Frasher

The library would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our partner in this application, Dr. Michelle Frasher of the History/Political Science department, whose tireless work helped make this a reality.

Michelle Frasher, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in History at Texas A&M University and holds degrees in Political Science, International Studies of Western Europe, and German Language and Literature. She earned a special diploma from the University of Vienna, Austria for European Union Studies and a certificate for German Language from the Goethe Institute in Bonn, Germany.