Bridging Cultures Bookshelf–Muslim Journeys

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.

“Being Muslim in America” Booklet

The U.S. Department of State has developed a booklet on Islam in the United States that includes demographic information, cultural trends, prominent Muslim Americans in business, politics, education, the arts and human services, as well as statistics on the ethnic composition of the Muslim community in the US. It can be downloaded in full color as a pdf file.

Appleseeds and Faces classroom magazines

Classroom magazines from Cobblestone Publishing Company ( include numerous issues related to Muslim populations and geography around the world, Islam, Muslim history and world history. Appleseeds and Faces, including for the former “Islam Today,” and “Arab Americans,” and for the latter issues on Mali, Jordan, Morocco, and many other people and places.

American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction

This 11 minute film is designed By Unity Production Foundation to reach a broad cross-section, to set the record straight, and to correct the most prevalent misunderstandings about Muslims today. It presents data collected from reputable polling agencies and think-tanks like the Gallup Organization, the Pew Forum, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and the U.S. Counter-Terrorism Center.