Publishing Organization

National Endowment for the Humanities, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, American Library Association


The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf/Muslim Journeys is a companion website for a collection of more than 25 books and films given to public libraries, provided through a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The books were selected by a team of scholars and librarians to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world, including those within the U.S. The Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Bookshelf has been awarded to more than 800 libraries across the country in December 2012, for use in presenting public programs since 2013. Advisers to the project include distinguished scholars knowledgeable about Muslim history, religion and culture, librarians, and other cultural programming experts. The website expands upon the bookshelf selections with extensive resources available for reading, understanding, discussing, and going beyond the selected books. Target grade levels: High School and Adult Education.

Type of Resource

Interactive website, Primary source document

Topic Category
  • Islam and Muslims
  • American Muslims
  • Islam
  • Islamic civilization
  • world history
  • world religions
  • Contemporary Muslim regions
  • Islamic history and civilization
Grade Level
  • Middle School
  • High School