Learn more about the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world; including those right here in the U.S. Join us for book discussions, movies, lectures and other community programs.
These lists were created by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh librarians to enhance the Library's Muslim Journeys programming, sponsored through a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Throughout 14 centuries, Islam has influenced and inspired a wealth of art, from traditional calligraphy and textile design to contemporary architecture and politically-driven paintings. Explore our rich collection of books and films on Islamic art.
These whodunits all have an Islamic connection, whether it's the location, the detective, the victim or the suspect.
What better way to experience Islamic culture than through novels written in the characters' native tongues? Originally published in languages such as Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Urdu and Serbo-Croatian, these voices are now accessible in English translation.
Though their religion is the same, their experiences are varied. From Cairo to California, from Iran to Afghanistan, these women make physical and spiritual journeys for the sake of their faith and for the sake of survival.
Experience Muslim families, history, and culture via film. Many of these are subtitled foreign language movies, originally filmed in Arabic, French, Lebanese, Farsi and other languages.
Islam is one of the largest and fastest growing religions in the world, and yet it may also be one of the most misunderstood. Read how it's like to be a Muslim in the United States and abroad.
A booklist developed by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College, to bring to light the varied experiences of Muslims in America since colonial times.
A booklist developed by Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota, to introduce the long history of shared influences that have tied Islam and the West together for centuries.
A booklist developed by Leila Golestaneh Austin, Johns Hopkins University, to look through the lens of literature at diverse expressions of Muslim faith and cultural traditions.
A booklist developed by Frederick M. Denny, University of Colorado, to offer an overview of Islamic precepts placed in the context of history and other faith traditions.
A booklist developed by Deborah Amos, international correspondent, National Public Radio, to sample compelling personal narratives depicting individual experiences in contemporary Muslim-majority societies.
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.
Banner image: Fifteenth-century map by Piri Reis of the coastline of Andalusia and the city of Granada. Photo © The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.