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The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library was awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Grant, a collection of 25 books and related films, by the ALA and the NEH to bring a greater awareness of the lives of Muslims in the United States and abroad.
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The books included in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf are shelved in the SJSU collections at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.  The films in the collection are housed at the IRC.  Please search our library catalog to check on access to these materials. 


 The King Library has created a series of film presentations and lectures by SJSU Faculty and our Bay Area Muslim Community partners to highlight the five themes and related books of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Grant.  Please join us at one of these informative events!

  • April 22, 5:00-6:00, rm. 225/229
    Lecture: Art & Architecture in the Islamic World presented by SJSU Professor Johanna Movassat.
  • April 8, 4:30-6:00, KL 255/257
    Love & Loss in Islamic Poetry, discussion led by Shantanu Phukan, Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies
  • March 19, 5:30-7:30pm, KL 225/227
    Lecture: "Iranian Women Occupying Facebook: Identity and Resistance." Shahin Gerami, SJSU Director of Women's Studies and Professor of Social Sciences
  • February 19, 12-2, KL 125/129
    Film Viewing: A Prince Among Slaves. Discussion by Zahra Billoo, CAIR-Bay Area
  • February 15, 10-12pm, King Library 255/257
    Persepolis film viewing and discussion by Persis Karim, Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Muslim Journeys

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San Jose State University  is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The books and films comprising the Bookshelf 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. 

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.



The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programs through which NEH will provide resources to enhance libraries’ collections and their capacity to engage audiences in reflection on and conversation about a variety of Bridging Cultures themes.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Islam as a religion or of the Muslim world in all its complexity. Rather, it seeks to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The collection has been organized around six themes, including American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith , Points of View and Art, Film, & Architecture.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Program Coordinator

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