Missouri Southern State University—George A. Spiva Library 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 Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is on display on the 3rd floor of the Library near the fireplace.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes the following titles, organized by theme:

American Stories:

  • A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
  •  Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
  •  The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson

Connected Histories:

  • 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
  • When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
  • Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
  • he Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal 

Literary Reflections:

  • Minaret by Leila Aboulela
  • The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
  • The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  •  Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely

Pathways of Faith:

  • Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
  • The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
  • The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
  • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
  • Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson

 Points of View:

  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
  • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

 Art, Architecture & Film

  • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
  •  Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
  • Islamic Art Spots (short films designed, written, and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, developed especially for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf)
  • Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
  • Prince Among Slaves (2007)
  • Koran by Heart (2011)