NEH Bridging Cultures Bookshelf:
Muslim Journeys

The Muslim Journeys project presents to the American public new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

Join us October 1 - November 11 in the Swedenborgian Memorial Library and UU Student Center for NEH Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a carefully curated collection of resources recommended and reviewed by distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, and world literature, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies. Six public libraries hosted focus groups to review many of the titles, and all titles were reviewed by librarians and other humanities practitioners with extensive programming experience.

Presented by Urbana University in conjunction with the Champaign County Peace Alliance, these programs are FREE and open to the public!

Download our brochure for a copy of the list of events!

Schedule of Events

Children of Abraham Exhibit
October 1 - 31, 2013
Swedenborg Memorial Library

M - Th 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat 12 – 4 p.m.
Sun 7 – 10 p.m.

Learn about the commonalities between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  When, where, and how did the Abrahamic religions originate; what are their common holy texts; what are their core beliefs; and what are their sacred spaces?

Movie and Discussion: Prince Among Slaves
October 3, 2013
Moore Conference Room - UU Student Center
7 p.m.

Hear the true story of an African slave who was sold into slavery in the American South in the early 1800s.  Learn of his attempt to obtain his freedom and return to Africa in 1828.  Based on the book by Terry Alford.

“The Hajj” (pilgrimage to Mecca) - presented by Shakila Ahmad
October 7, 2013
Swedenborg Memorial Library

7 p.m.  

Ms. Ahmad shares her personal experience of preparing for and participating in a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Movie and Discussion: Koran by Heart
October 17, 2013
Moore Conference Room  - UU Student Center

7 p.m. 

Watch as Muslim children representing 90 different countries prepare for and participate in the annual International Holy Qur’an Competition, in which contestants memorize the entire Qur’an and then recite it before a panel of judges.

“The Personal Impact of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis” - presented by Debra Johanyak
October 21, 2013
Swedenborg Memorial Library

6 p.m.

Ms. Johanyak will describe her experiences as a graduate student at Shiraz University in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis which shaped her political and religious beliefs. As tensions escalated, she was forced to choose one country over another.

“Islam on the World Stage Today” - presented by Jerry Pankhurst, PhD
November 4, 2013
Swedenborg Memorial Library

7 p.m.

Dr. Pankhurst will give an overview of the current state of Islam throughout the world.  Hear about recent events that influence our lives.

Muslim Culture Symposium
November 11, 2013
Sara Landess Room - UU Student Center

6 – 8 p.m. 

Join Urbana University students from Muslim countries who will showcase their home countries with displays, well as American students who have learned about Muslim life, culture, and history. 


The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association.  Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf 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.  Local support is provided by Urbana University.




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