Alfred, NY – The Alfred University Libraries have been selected to receive a collection of 25 books and 4 films designed to increase public understanding of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Some of these materials will be on display in Herrick Library’s entryway through early March, and the University will host a variety of public programs based on them during the coming year.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) selected 840 libraries and humanities councils nationwide to receive these materials, in a competitive process. The books and films, collectively called the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys,” explore five themes: the histories of Muslims in the United States since colonial times; the global history of Islam in the pre-modern world and interactions among Islamic and non-Islamic cultures; literary reflections on Muslim religious practices, ethics, governance, and identities; the relationships between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and among various types of Islam (Sunni, Shi’a, and Sufi); memoirs and novels by Muslim authors; and Islamic arts. A team of Alfred University librarians and faculty in history, political science, religious studies, and art history developed a winning proposal for using these materials.
The “Bookshelf” materials were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history,
religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.
Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art provided additional support.
For more information about the Bookshelf materials and upcoming events at Alfred University, visit http://libguides.alfred.edu/muslim-journeys.