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Dana Library receives national grant of 25 'Muslim Journeys' books

Earlier this month the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded select libraries across the country with a set of books that introduce the complex history, culture, practices, and perspectives of Muslims in the United States. We are proud that the John Cotton Dana Library, on the Rutgers- Newark campus, was one of the recipients of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association (ALA) based on the advice of scholars, librarians, and other public programming experts, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf provides trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. Each participating library will receive 25 books, 3 films, and access for one year to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database.

The books include The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson, Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel, The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie, Rumi: Poet and Mystic edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson, The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili, The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, and more.

These new resources, some entirely new to the Rutgers University Libraries' collections, can serve as both useful additions to course materials in classes in American studies, history, literature, religion, urban studies, and other disciplines at Rutgers and as perspective-building materials for personal reading.

It is particularly relevant that these books were awarded to the library on the Rutgers-Newark campus. Since U.S. News and World Report began ranking universities on the basis of diversity 15 years ago, Rutgers-Newark has been ranked the most diverse university campus in the United States every year. Rutgers-Newark also enjoys the number one ranking as Forbes magazine's Most Diverse College.

We commend the Dana Library for securing these materials and invite Libraries' users to make use of these valuable new materials.

Posted January 23, 2012