Multcolib Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Picks: American Stories

Annotation:Developed by Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri, Reed College. While the large presence of Muslims in the United States dates to the 1960s, Muslims have been a part of the history of America since colonial times. American Muslims’ stories draw attention to ways in which people of varying religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds interact to shape both their communities’ identities and our collective past.

Prince Among Slaves
Prince Among Slaves By Alford, Terry Book - 2007 B-Ib7a 2007 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation: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.

Acts of Faith
Acts of Faith The Story of An American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of A Generation By Patel, Eboo Book - 2007 248.83 P295a 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:With a new afterword Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel's story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people--and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States
The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States Book - 2008 973.088297 C7263 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation: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 Butterfly Mosque
The Butterfly Mosque By Wilson, G. Willow Book - 2010 297.092 W7483b 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation: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.

A Quiet Revolution
A Quiet Revolution The Veil's Resurgence, From the Middle East to America By Ahmed, Leila Book - 2011 297.576 A2866q 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This probing study of the veil's recent return-from one of the world's foremost authorities on Muslim women-reaches surprising conclusions about contemporary Islam's place in the West today. Book jacket.

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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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