It’s that time! Like we mentioned last week, we’re the proud recipients of the “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys” grant. Today we want to take a look at the titles included in Muslim Journey’s American Stories theme. Developed by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri of Reed College this theme looks at the history of Muslims in America:
While the large presence of Muslims in the United States dates to the 1960s, Muslims have been a part of the history of America since colonial times. American Muslims’ stories draw attention to ways in which people of varying religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds interact to shape both their communities’ identities and our collective past…
History books often divide the world into a “modern West” and a “traditional Orient,” ignoring the history of Muslims in America. American Muslims’ stories fly in the face of that strict opposition of East and West. By virtue of being both American and Muslim, the stories listed here draw attention to the ways people of varying religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds interact with one another to shape and reshape their individual lives and American society. As such, they open new vistas on the formation of Muslim and American identities in the modern world.
GhaneaBassiri also wrote an essay that further explains the theme of American Stories and summarizes the five titles that correspond with it:
- Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
- The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
- Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
- A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed
- The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
This is a great collection of titles and all of them are located on the Muslim Journeys display by the Reference Desk. Come check one out!