Celebrating our award

January 11, 2013

We are very excited to report that Rowan University was selected as a recipient of the “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf,” a collection awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities [NEH].

The NEH has partnered with the American Library Association [ALA] to present a series called Bridging Cultures Bookshelves, a special initiative to promote an understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives. The first collection in the series is the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Materials in this collection were selected by scholars, librarians, and other humanities educators to promote engaging conversations about the Bridging Cultures topics and themes. The Library will be working with other Rowan University departments and groups on campus to provide a range of related programs, including a reception to formally announce our award.

The collection includes a set of 25 books and three DVDs, all of which will be available for loan as of March 31, 2013:


  • Minaret by Leila Aboulela
  • A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
  • The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
  • The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
  • Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
  • Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
  • Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
  • The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
  • 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
  • The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
  • The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  • Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
  • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
  • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
  • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson


  • Prince Among Slaves (directed by Andrea Kalin, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2007)
  • Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (directed by Rob Gardner, produced by Unity Productions Foundation, 2011)
  • Koran by Heart (directed by Greg Barker, produced by HBO documentary films, 2011)

For more information about the collection, please visit:

Reception and event dates to be announced. All other questions about the Muslim Journeys program of events may be directed to Kate Boland at boland@rowan.edu or Dean Bruce Whitham at whitham@rowan.edu