The Bernards Township Library is the recipient of the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association. This guide serves to help patrons to navigate the collection.
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2013
Re-opened in November 2011, the MET in New York re-opened the Department of Islamic Art, comprising 1,200 works fromTurkey, Iran, Arab Lands, Central Asia and Later South Asia. The Met's massive collection depicts 1,300 years of Islamic art as a complex period of growth, diversity and change.
Find all books and films that are part of the Muslim Journeys bookshelf.
The Butterfly Mosque
Call Number: 297.092 WILSON WIL
Documents the author's conversion from all-American atheist to Islam, a journey marked by her decision to relocate to Cairo, romance with a passionate young Egyptian, and her efforts to balance the virtues of both cultures.
Call Number: 709.17 BLO
Illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and plans, this comprehensive study captures the essence of Islamic culture as expressed in its buildings, books and applied arts, and provides an introduction to the subject for both the student and the general reader.
Call Number: FICTION SHAMSIE
Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.
The House of Wisdom
Call Number: 509.1767 AL
Challenges popular misconceptions to reveal the unrecognized scientific accomplishments of medieval Islam, profiling innovations that played significant roles in bridging the ancient and modern worlds while promoting the European Renaissance.
A Quiet Revolution
Call Number: 297.576 AHM
Chronicles Islamic women's use of the veil, an article of clothing that fell out of use in the 1940s, but now is worn by most Muslim women and has sparked debate around the world.
Prince Among Slaves (DVD)
Call Number: DVD 306.362 PRI
The true story of Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima Ibn Sori, a West African prince who was sold into slavery in 1788, eventually ending up in Natchez, Mississippi.
The Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World is a scholarly work "about Islamic cultures, religion, history, politics, and the like as well as the people who have identified with Islam over the past fourteen centuries." It is available for free as an ebook through Gale Virtual Reference Library.
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.
Learn more about how these books and films were selected.