Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys

The Westland Public Library is proud to announce its award of the National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored, Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys bookshelf. The bookshelf includes 25 books, 3 DVDs, and access to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database (in-library use only). To highlight the bookshelf, the library will host programs on Islam and Muslim Americans throughout 2013.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys bookshelf.


Being Muslim in America Saturday, October 19 | 12 pm - 2 pm

"Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" viewing and discussion Thursday, September 26 | 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

"Koran by Heart" and Hijab Demonstration Wednesday, July 31 | 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Henna and Hijab demonstration Henna and Hijab demonstration (for teens age 12-18) Thursday, July 25 | 2 pm - 3 pm

Give Light: The Poems of Rumi Set to Music Monday, April 15 | 7 pm - 8 pm

Muslim Journeys Kick-Off Event Saturday, April 13 | 2 pm - 4 pm


The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf consists of books, films and an online database chosen to present accurate information about the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures of Muslims around the world.

A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence from the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel

The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy, based on the fourteenth-century manuscript, edited by Muhsin Mahdi

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter

Broken Verses: A Novel by Kamila Shamsie

The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson

The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters

The Columbiea Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States edited by Edward E. Curtis IV

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili

In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh

In the Country of Men: A Novel by Hisham Matar

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (film)

Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair

Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember (film)

Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf

Minaret by Leila Aboulela

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal

Oxford Islamic Studies Online (database - in-library access only)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Prince Among Slaves (film)

Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Sold into Slavery in the American South by Terry Alford

Rumi: Poet and Mystic by Rumi, translated and introduced by Reynold A. Nicholson

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the East" by Stewart Gordon

Partner Organizations

Arab-American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-AANM (2266)

Islamic Center of America
19500 Ford Rd. Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593-0000

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Michigan Chapter
21700 Northwestern Highway, Suite 815, Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 559-CAIR

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