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Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf & Let's Talk About It: Grant Info

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world.

Young Prince

mid-16th century
Signed by Muhammad Haravi
Safavid period
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H: 34.1 W: 24.0 cm
Herat, Afghanistan

Image from Freer & Sackler Galleries Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is conducting a special initiative, Bridging Cultures, that engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.  The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programs.

Through the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, NEH and ALA are providing a collection of twenty-five books, three documentary films, a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and a DVD of short films titled Islamic Art Spots. 

Grant Sponsors


The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys 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.

Muslim Journeys Supporter

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, textbooks, business books, dictionaries and reference works, and academic journals.

Muslim Journeys Supporter

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies supports research, interdisciplinary academic programs, and community outreach to advance knowledge and understanding of Islam as a world religion, its role in world history, and current patterns of globalization in Muslim societies. The center aspires to be a hub of international excellence for research and learning, and to promote a sophisticated understanding of the complex dynamics that shape Muslim societies and communities worldwide.