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Wilmette Public Library has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).  These grants aim to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The first grant: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys includes 25 books, 3 films, and a one year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online The collection is located in the Recent Arrivals area of the Library. 

The second grant, Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys  provides funds for a scholar led book discussion group.  The series is moderated by Dr. Norma Moruzzi, Associate Professor and Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

See details and events for both grants below. 

Upcoming Events - All programs take place in the Auditorium

 Reading and Discussion Series

To register for the discussion sign up via the Library's online calendar or call 847-256-6930.  Copies of books in the series will be available at the Recent Arrivals Desk. 

Discussion Schedule

The series concludes in March. 

Date change: March 11, Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi


Area Libraries Blog

Evanston, Morton Grove, and Wilmette Public Libraries are all participating in Muslim Journeys.  Check the blog, Muslim Journeys at Your LIbrary, to find out about events at all the libraries.


Oxford Islamic Studies OnlineOxford Islam Online link

This resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture and is regularly updated.  It's ideal for student research and the general public.

The Muslim Journeys Collection

The collection is comprised of twenty five books grouped around five themes, three films and the Oxford Islamic Studies Online.  Five essays written by renowned project scholars tie selected books together using themes designed to help draw connections among the varied voices represented by these books and to facilitate conversations in libraries and other settings.  Please visit the web site for this comprehensive resource. You may check the Library's catalog to determine availability of individual titles in the collection. 

For a list of the titles and accompanying materials which may enhance your understanding and discussion of the themes, visit the NEH web site at http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys/.

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     The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. 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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