Women in Islam

The Alachua County Library District 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 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 IV

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

The 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 and 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, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television)

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)

Prince Among Slaves (2007)

Koran by Heart (2011)

For one year we will also have access to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO). This extensive database includes two distinctive versions of the Qur'an and a full concordance "linking English words and corresponding transliterations of the Arabic text to chapter and verse citations." A timeline of Muslim and world events is also included. In addition, there are many biographies, subject headings, maps and images. Everyone from Muslim scholars to those simply curious about the world's second-largest religion will find a wealth of resources on OISO.

Our scholar for library programs is Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Florida. On Sunday, March 17, at 2pm, Dr. Simmons will be discussing the history of "the veil" and other aspects of Muslim culture. The talk is open to everyone and we encourage the community to learn more about Islam in a family-friendly atmosphere. The lecture will also highlight the recently published book The Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed.

Stay tuned for further details.

Posted by TravisF on February 28, 2013