Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

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About the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Union College Library was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Muslim Journeys Bookshelf in January 2013. The Bookshelf is a collection of scholarly and literary books, films, and online resources designed to generate community discussion and understanding of Islamic history, art, literature, religion, contemporary points of view, and the immigrant experience in America. During 2013-2014, in partnership with the Good Neighbor Community Center and Union College’s Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture, the library will be sponsoring a series of events encouraging members of the community to read and participate in discussions about the themes represented in the Bookshelf. Union College Library offers community borrower cards to residents of Lincoln who provide two forms of ID verifying the patron’s current address (one ID should include a photograph). Please read the library's Circulation Policy for more information.


The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is dividied into six themes. Visit the links below to learn more about the books and films available for each theme.

Visit the Union College Library Catalog or Muslim Journeys board on Pinterest to obtain local call numbers.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, also includes access to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. For community patrons, Oxford Islamic Studies Online is available on site in the library only.

Button with link to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.




All events are free and open to the public. 

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Date Event Location

April 20, 2013 at 4 p.m.

"Understanding the Qur'an: An Introduction" presented by Doug Hardt, Union College Adjunct Instructor for the course Introduction to Islam.

Shawnee Porter Care Room, Ortner Center
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June 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. "American Stories" moderated by Chris Blake. In a panel presentation, several residents of Lincoln will share their stories of immigrating to America and living as a Muslim in Lincoln. An audiorecording of this program is available. Click here to listen.

Center for People in Need
3901 N. 27th Street, Lincoln

September 19, 2013 at 3-6 p.m.

Muslim Journeys Cultural Fair: Visit the Union College Library to see a calligraphy demonstration, listen to a Qur'an recitation, taste authentic Middle Eastern food, and experience more Islamic culture. Union College Library, Don Love Building
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October 20, 2013 at 7 p.m.

"Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember" film viewing and discussion with Chris Blake. Union College Library, Don Love Building, room 121
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November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Poetry reading and discussion of Rumi, Poet and Mystic with Mike Mennard. Union College Library, Don Love Building, room 121
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January 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. Arabian Nights books discussion with Mike Mennard. Learn the backstory of 1001 Arabian Nights and experience the mystery, suspense and philosophy of Middle Eastern folklore. Discover the origins of Aladdin, Sinbad, Scheherazade and other favorite characters. Union College Library, Don Love Building, room 121
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March 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. "Living with the Consequences: World War I, Covetous Peacemakers, and a Century of Middle East Turmoil" presented by Dr. Malcolm Russell. Union College Library, Don Love Building, room 121
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