Muslim Journeys

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Ventura College is proud to have been chosen to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.

The books and videos are intended to help 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 addresses 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. Below is a list of items, separated by theme. The library is hosting events to support this collection. There is also an accompanying website: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. We welcome you to participate in our Let's Talk About It program.

The Bridging CulturesBookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. It is designed to encourage a deeper look into some of the books in the Bookshelf. Ventura College is one of 125 libraries and humanities councils selected to participate in the program. The theme that Ventura College has chosen is Points of View.

Book discussions will be held on one Wednesday a month at 5:30pm in the Reading Room of the Library, LRC 2nd Floor. One book will be discussed each month:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013: In the Country of Men
Wednesday, December 4, 2013: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Wednesday, January 15, 2014: House of Stone
Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Broken Verses
Wednesday, March 12, 2014: Dreams of Trespass

Register here to attend a session, or call the Library at 805-289-6382. You do not need to attend all the sessions, or read the book in order to attend a session.

All of these books are available through your local online bookstore. There are limited numbers of these books available for checkout here in the Library. Also check your local public library to see if they have copies available, or use Interlibrary Loan.



October 15, 2013: Chris Cryer, author of Tolstoy in Riyadh, will talk about the lives of Muslim women in Dreams of Trespass; 5:30pm, Library Reading Room, 2nd Floor LRC

October 29, 2013: Nooshie Motaref, author of Iran: A Persian Tapestry, will do a presentation on Sufism and Islam; 5:30pm, Library Reading Room, 2nd Floor LRC



 American Stories | Connected Histories | Literary Reflections | Pathways of Faith | Points of View | Art, Architecture, and Film


American Stories

Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford, Call number E 444 .I25 A78 1986

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV, Call numberE184.M88 C65 2008

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel, Call numberE184.M88 P38 2010

A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed, Call numberBP190.5.H44 A46 2011

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson, Call numberBP170.5.W55 W55 2010

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Connected Histories

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon, Call number DS5.95 .G67 2008

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili, Call number Q127.A5 A4 2011

The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal, Call number DP 99 .M465 2002

Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett, Call numberPQ3979.2.M28 L413 1992

In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh, Call numberDT56.2 .G48 1994

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Literary Reflections

The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy, Call numberPJ7715 .M87 2008

The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi, Call numberPK6451.F4 M2813 2011

Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely, Call numberPL248.P34 K36513 2011

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi, Call numberCT2678.M47 A3 1995

Minaret by Leila Aboulela, Call numberPR6051.B68 M56 2005

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Pathways of Faith

The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters, Call numberBM 157 .P47 2004

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown, Call numberBP75 .B66 2011

The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, Call numberBP132 .M39 2008

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, Call numberN6260 .P67 2012

Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson, Call numberPK6480.E5 N5 1995

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Points of View

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar, Call numberPR6113.A87 I515 2008

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, Call numberDS 318 .S245 P471 2003

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid, Call numberHQ663.9 .S53 2012

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie, Call numberPR9540.9.S485 B76 2005

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi, Call numberCT2678.M47 A3 1995

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Art, Architecture, and Film

Koran by Heart (2011), directed by Greg Barker, Call numberDVD KORA(Circ Desk); download the Koran by Heart viewing guide (PDF)

Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, Call numberN6260 .B57 2010

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011), directed by Robert Gardner, Call numberDVD ISLA(Circ Desk)

Prince Among Slaves (2007), directed by Andrea Kalin, Call numberDVD PRIN(Circ Desk); download the Prince Among Slaves viewing guide (PDF)

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, Call numberN6260 .P67 2012

Islamic Art Spots (short films designed, written, and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, Call numberDVD ISLA(Circ Desk)

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