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On Display at Clarkston: September 2013

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

September 2013

Featured Web Sites

Leamon, Patricia and Claudia Schorr
Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Georgie Perimter College Libraries
Through the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association are providing a representative collection of twenty-five books, three documentary films, a DVD of short films entitled "Islamic Art Spots", and a one year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online to over nine hundred libraries.

Kalin, Andrea
Prince Among Slaves

International Movie Database
Abdul-Rahman survived the harsh ordeals of slavery through his love of family and his deep faith as a Muslim.

Prince Among Slaves
The Butterfly Mosque
The Story of the Quran
The House of Wisdom

American Library Association
Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

American Library Association
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a collection of 25 books, 4 DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

National Endowment for the Humanities
Welcome to the "Muslim Journeys" website, offering resources for exploring new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

Oxford University Press
Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Oxford University Press
This authoritative, dynamic resource brings together the best current scholarship in the field for students, scholars, government officials, community groups, and librarians to foster a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture,

Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life
The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity

Pew Research Center
A report on the religious attitudes and differences of belief among adherents to the world's second most popular religion.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project
Muslim Americans

Pew Research Center
Gateway to a variety of statistics-filled articles and reports on Muslims in the United States.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Rakoczy, Rebecca
Perimeter College Tapped to Lead Initiative Funded by NEH Grant
Defunct Link to a Press Release

Georgia Perimter College Department of Public Relations
The "Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking" grant is co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment. Its focus is to build more effective forms of civic learning through the humanities and to help students become more civically engaged.
Source: Defunct Link to the Perimeter College Department of Public Relations

The Arabian Nights
A Quiet Revolution
House of Stone
Muhammad: A Very Brief Introduction

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Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

According to a report by the Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project, nearly one and four people in the entire world is a Muslim, while in the United States Muslims comprise one percent of the total population. Clearly this makes Islam and those who follow it more than worthy of study, and the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association educates about the diverse lives, diverse cultures, and positive contributions of Muslims in the United States, throughout history, and around the world. This display includes books and web pages that are memoire, history, and that also cover the Qu'ran and place of women in the world's second most popular religion.


Fiction and Literature

Aboulela, Leila.
Minaret. New York: Black Cat, 2005.
Call Number: PR6051.B68 M56 2005

Minaret is a portrait of a woman given a second chance at life, and a unique look at the life of a devout Muslim woman in England.

Attar, Farid al-Din.
The Conference of the Birds. New York: Penguin Books, 2011.
Call Number: PK6451.F4 M2813 2011

Like Rumi and Hafiz, the name Attar conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. Attar was a Persian Sufi of the 12th century and his masterpiece is The Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God.

Haddawy, Husain and Mushin Mahdi.
The Arabican Nights. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.
Call Number: PJ7715 .M87 2008

Collected over centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from vivacious erotica, animal fables, and adventure fantasies to pointed Sufi tales, the stories of The Arabian Nights provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory.

Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in America Leo Africanus

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Maalouf, Amin.
Leo Africanus. Chicago: New Amsterdam, 1986.
Call Number: PQ3979.2.M28 L413 1992

Written in the form of a memoir, this historical novel explores the meeting of two worlds, Islam and Christendom, through the adventures of real-life Arab traveler and geographer Hassan al-Wazzan.

Matar, Hisham
In the Country of Men. New York: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2006.
Call Number: PR6113.A87 I515 2008

In the Country of Men captures life in Libya in the wake of Muammar al-Qaddafi's revolution. Through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy named Suleiman, we watch a family struggle for survival in a climate of deadly political suspicion.

Pamuk, Orhan.
Snow. New York: Knopf, 2004.
Call Number: PL248.P34 K36513 2004
After years of lonely political exile, Turkish poet Ka returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral and learns about a series of suicides among pious girls forbidden to wear headscarves.

Satrapi, Marjane.
Persepolis. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003
Call Number: PN6747.S245 P4713 2003

The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contraditions between public and private life.

Shamsie, Kamila.
Broken Verses. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2005.
Call Number: PR9540.9.S485 B76 2005

Years after her renowned Pakistani poet father is killed by government thugs and her activist mother disappears, Aasmaani, an employee at Pakistan's first independent television station, begins to receive a series of letters written in her mother's private code.

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Ahmad, Leila.
A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011.
Call Number: BP190.5.H44 A46 2011

Chronicles Islamic women's use of the veil, an article of clothing that fell out of use in the 1940s, but now is worn by most Muslim women and has sparked debate around the world.

Alford, Terry.
Prince Among Slaves. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Call Number: E444.I25 A78 2007

In this remarkable work, Terry Alford tells the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim slave who, in 1807, was recognized by an Irish ship's surgeon as the son of an African king who had saved his life many years earlier.

Brown, Jonathan.
Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Call Number: BP75 .B66 2011

An introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It explains the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world throughout history, from the medieval to the modern period. Source:

Curtis, Edward E. Ed.
Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.
Call Number: E184.M88 C65 2008

Bringing together an unusually personal collection of essays and documents from an incredibly diverse group of Americans who call themselves Muslims, Edward E. Curtis "finds Islam" in the American experience from colonial times to the present.

The Broken Verses Minaret

Ghosh, Amitav.
In an Antique Land. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.
Call Number: DT56.2 .G48 1994

The author recounts his ten-year investigation into the life a twelfth-century Indian slave who lived in a remote corner of Egypt.

Gordon, Stewart.
When Asia was the World. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2008.
Call Number: DS5.95 .G67 2008

Stewart Gordon has fashioned a look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers--the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture

Al-Kahili, Jim.
The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave us the Renaissance. New York: Penguin Press, 2011.
Call Number: Q127.A5 A4 2011

A myth-shattering view of the medieval Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations, which preceded-and enabled-the European Renaissance.

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Mattson, Ingrid.
The Story of the Qu'ran. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2008.
Call Number: BP132 .M39 2008

This introduction to the Qur'an offers an insightful and authoritative description of the book at the heart of Muslim life.

Mernissi, Fatima.
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood New York: Basic Books, 1994.
Call Number: CT2678.M47 A3 1995

This book is the provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world.

Menocal, Maria Rosa
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain. Boston: Little Brown, 2002.
Call Number: DP99 .M465 2002

Looks into the world of medieval Spain, revealing a culture where literature, science, and tolerance thrived for five hundred years.

Patel, Eboo.
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation Boston: Beacon Press, 2007.
Call Number: E184.M88 P38 2007

The author, a young American Muslim of Indian background, juxtaposes his college years as an angry young radical with a description of how he came to see the possibilities of religious pluralism and founded the Interfaith Youth Core.

Shadid, Anthony.
House of Stone: A Memoir of a Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Call Number: HQ663.9 .S53 2012

Combining the human interest of The Bookseller of Kabul and Three Cups of Tea with the light touch of an expert determined, first, to tell a story, Shadid tells the story of a reconstruction effort that would have sent Frances Mayes to a psychiatric hospital as he brings to life unforgettable characters who lives help explain not just the modern Middle East but the legacy of those who have survived generations of war.

Wilson, G. Willow.
The Butterfly Mosque. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010.
Call Number: BP170.5.W55 W55 2010

Documents the author's conversion from all-American atheist to Islam, a journey marked by her decision to relocate to Cairo, romance with a passionate young Egyptian, and her efforts to balance the virtues of both cultures.

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