The Alfred University Libraries recently acquired a set of books and films on the topic of Islamic society and culture. These books were selected by scholars and reflect six broad themes as a way of exploring the diversity of Muslim thought and experience.
- American Stories - books by and about Muslims living in the United States, from the 1800's to the present.
- Connected Histories - books about the scientific, commercial, and political interactions between the empires of the West and the Islamic East.
- Literary Reflections - classic and contemporary works of Muslim writers in a variety of literary genres.
- Pathways of Faith - works dealing with the Islamic faith itself, especially as examined by non-Muslims.
- Points of View - personal reflections on Islamic culture from writers inside, on the margins, and outside.
- Islamic Arts -- books about Islamic art and films about Islamic art and culture
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. 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.
Thanks to the Muslim Journeys committee for their help in securing the Bookshelf and setting up programming:
Ellen Bahr, Associate Librarian, Herrick Library
Christopher Churchill, Assistant Professor, History and Global Studies
Kate Dimitrova, Assistant Professor, Art History
Laura Greyson, Professor, Political Science
Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
John Hosford, Visual Resources Curator, Scholes Library
Jeff Sluyter-Beltrao, Associate Professor, Political Science
Brian Sullivan, Assistant Librarian, Herrick Library