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Muslim Journeys

A Series of Events


Scholars Commons will host a series of events stemming from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to be hosted at FSU Libraries. The Bridging Cultures grant 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. This and future lectures and film screenings will introduce the FSU and Tallahassee community to the deep history and culture of Islam and Islamic society.

Past Events

Reflections on Muslim Journeys by Dr. Adam Gaiser (Religion FSU)

Power and Piety? The Origins of 'Islamic' Art by Dr. Lynn Jones (Art History FSU)
Tuesday, November 19 3:00-4:00PM in the Scholars Commons Reading Room, Strozier Library

Explore artworks of the early Islamic world while Dr. Lynn Jones considers what the term "Islamic" art really means.  Check out the books and videos offered through the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf in the Art, Architecture and Film section below for more information about Islamic art.

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
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
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
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
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
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, developed especially for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf) - DVD
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011) - DVD
Prince Among Slaves (2007) - DVD
Koran by Heart (2011) - DVD

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf also includes a subscription to the database Oxford Islamic Studies Online through February 2014.  OISO features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.   

The LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library offers the books, videos and online resources from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf to all Tallahassee residents.  Patrons without an FSU ID can borrow materials from the Leon County Library using their library card.

For information about these new materials, please contact Abby Scheel:


The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support 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.

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