The University of Redlands Armacost Library
is one of 842 libraries and state humanities councils selected nationwide to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative
. This initiative engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad. The “Bookshelf” includes a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The unveiling of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Armacost Library. Other festivities scheduled to celebrate this addition to the Armacost Library include a showing of one of the films included in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, Prince Among Slaves, on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 3-5:30 p.m. in Gregory Hall 161.
“The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf provides Armacost Library and our community partners with the means to spark and support conversations about the Islamic faith, the many connections of Muslim influences on American history, culture and institutions, and the differences and similarities of life in various Muslim-majority communities across the globe,” said Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Assistant Librarian at the Armacost Library at University of Redlands.
Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association
(ALA), the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. The Armacost Library will receive 25 books, three films and access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Information about the books
is available online.
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.