Multcolib Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Picks: Connected Histories

Annotation:Developed by Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota. Centuries before the dawn of the modern age, the world was already a surprisingly interconnected place. Readings for this theme introduce a way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West are seen as products of a shared, cosmopolitan, and inextricably intertwined past. These books help envision the world of our ancestors, which was as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today.

The Ornament of the World
The Ornament of the World How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created A Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain By Menocal, Maria Rosa Book - 2002 946.02 M547o 2002b All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and literature, science, and the arts flourished.

Leo Africanus
Leo Africanus By Maalouf, Amin Book - 1992 FICTION MAALOUF 1992 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation: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.

The House of Wisdom
The House of Wisdom How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance By Al-Khalili, Jim Book - 2011 509.1767 A3163h 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A myth-shattering view of the medieval Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations, which preceded-and enabled-the European Renaissance. The Arabic legacy of science and philosophy has long been hidden from the West. British-Iraqi physicist Jim Al-Khalili unveils that legacy to fascinating effect by returning to its roots in the hubs of Arab innovation that would advance science and jump-start the European Renaissance.

When Asia Was the World
When Asia Was the World By Gordon, Stewart Book - 2008 915 G665w 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a look at Asia from A.D. 500 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.

In An Antique Land
In An Antique Land By Ghosh, Amitav Book - 1994 962.02 G427i 1994 Available in some locations

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

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The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books and DVDs 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. It is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. 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.

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