Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys

The Luria Library was awarded a grant of books and videos from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of a program called: “BRIDGING CULTURES: MUSLIM JOURNEYS.”

NEH says: “The Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices, and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.”

The theme of the grant we received is called Points of View and explores the “individual experiences in Muslim-majority societies through memoirs and novels representing a diverse geography and some of the best contemporary storytelling.”

During the week of October 14-20, we will highlight the materials in the library and student groups interested in these subjects will be hosting activities. Join us!

Check out the resources we were fortunate to receive in detail and find them within our library catalog.

As part of the grant, we also received The Oxford Islamic Studies Online [update: our one-year subscription to this database has now expired]. This great resources includes over 5,000 articles from many Oxford publications as well as an electronic version of A Concordance of the Qur’an, and a Verse Lookup tool that enables you to compare two English interpretations of the Qur’an. Additional resources include: interviews with scholars, religious leaders, and activists; images and maps; a timeline of major events in the history of Islam, and a section on the Arab Spring. Check it out!

We also received three excellent videos related to this theme. Check out the trailers here