SMC Library Receives Grant to Build Cultural Bridges With New Collection

Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

The SMC Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the nation who’ve received the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys collection, 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. 

The initiative 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. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is organized by the themes of American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith, Points of View, and Art, Architecture and Film.

The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.

The films will be showcased at the Muslim Journeys Film Festival May 6, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
in the Library Wildenradt Theatre. All are welcome to view all three films in the collection. After this showing, the films will be available for campus and classroom viewing.

  • 11 a.m.: Koran by Heart (HBO)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
  • 2 p.m.: Prince Among Slaves (PBS).

Books and films are available for check-out at the Library

For more information, please contact Linda Wobbe (            (925) 631-4232