We’re pleased to announce that the MSU Libraries are one of the recipients of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant includes 25 books, three films, and support for public events, and is designed to provide reliable, accessible resources on Muslim beliefs and practices, and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations.
The first event will be the February 28 screening of the film Wham! Bam! Islam! – the story of Naif Al-Mutawa and his quest to create The 99, a comic book and animated series featuring a team of Muslim superheroes. Salah D. Hassan, from MSU’s Muslim Studies Program and Department of English, will lead the post-film discussion.
The event will be co-sponsored by MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Comics Forum, and Michigan Humanities Council. As part of our community-wide Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project, MSU faculty members will also lead film discussions at the East Lansing Public Library and the Okemos Public Library later in 2013.
Deborah Margolis, library liaison to the MSU Muslim Studies program, explains that many of the titles provided by the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf are already in MSU’s collection. “We’re glad to get extra copies, because these titles are often checked out. But the real benefit for us is the chance to draw greater attention to Muslim history and culture through public events, here and at neighboring libraries.”
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in a series of Bridging Cultures initiatives by the National Endowment for the Humanities.