The University of Minnesota Libraries -Twin Cities is one of 953 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims 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.

In May 2013, we were among 125 of these institutions to receive grants that will enable us to offer in-depth public humanities programs on Muslim Journeys themes throughout the coming year.

View the Fall events for information about film discussion events and the Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys book discussion series. Our series will be led by U History Department's Professor Giancarlo Casale and will focus on the theme Connected Histories. Prof. Casale also wrote the thematic essay to be used by other institutions receiving the grant.

May 8, 2014
Prince Among Slaves
film showing and discussion
Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 South Snelling Ave.
Saint Paul 55116


A young prince falls from a life of power and privilege into enslavement in a strange land...
A nationwide outreach project using the award-winning documentary film Prince Among Slaves to create critical discussion at the intersection of race, religion, and identity in early America. Deepen your understanding about the impact and legacy of American cultural and religious history in the antebellum era, and its influences on our pluralistic society today.

Award winning University of Minnesota history professor Kirsten Fischer will introduce the 60-minute film and lead a discussion afterward.

MARCH 15, 2014
Koran by Heart film showing and discussion

Koran by Heart
A Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Event
St. Louis Park Library
3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park
Saturday, March 15, 2014
2 p.m.
Register online at or call 612-543-6125



Fall 2013 film and book discussion events

Speaker Bios


About Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen to familiarize the American public about Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.


Find out about the 25 books and three films Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Check MNCAT for a copy at the U of M Libraries or

Check this special Muslim Journeys Bookshelf-TCMN list in to find a copy in a library near you.

Also, visit a library on the Twin Cities campus and explore Oxford Islamic Studies online.
Oxford Islamic Studies Online 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. More

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Availability via the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and affiliates: NLS-Muslim Journeys availability.pdf



Project coordinator: Susan Gangl, University of Minnesota Libraries, 612 626-2281