The Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It 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 resources in the Bookshelf are centered around five themes, each developed by a nationally known scholar, which provide context for reading and discussing the books. For more information, please visit the Muslim Journeys website.
The UWF Libraries is one of 953 institutions nationwide awarded this collection. Additionally, we are one of only 125 institutions to receive a programming grant to host a Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series, "a scholar-led reading and discussion program designed to foster opportunities for informed community conversations about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States." Our Project Scholar is Dr. Rebecca Williams, Associate Professor of History at the University of South Alabama - and UWF alum! Dr. Williams' research specialization is Classical and Medieval Islamic intellectual history, and she teaches multiple courses in Islamic Civilization. Our Let’s Talk About It series will focus on the books in the Connected Histories theme. Please see the Calendar of Events tab for more information on upcoming programs.
The Libraries' Marketing and Outreach Committee would like to thank our partner organizations in these efforts: the UWF Bangladeshi Student Association, the UWF Muslim Student Association, the Islamic Center of Northwest Florida, and the West Florida Public 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.