Colorado State University - Pueblo awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant for Library

Colorado State University - Pueblo awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant for Library

PUEBLO – The Library and Academic Resources Center at Colorado State University-Pueblo has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association to provide “The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf,” a collection of books, films, and other resources to familiarize the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world.

The exhibit itself will be on display from February 11 through May 6 in the Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) lobby with programming occurring in both Spring and Fall 2013 semesters. The exhibit addresses both the need and the desire for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Islam as a religion or of the Muslim world in all its complexity. Rather, it seeks to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The collection has been organized around five themes, including American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith and Points of View.

Libraries selected to receive the collection will also have access to a Muslim Journeys website, which will be launched by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University in February 2013, offering further information about the hundreds of books, films, magazines, and web resources available to anyone interested in learning more about Islamic history and culture.

In connection with this grant of library resources, the Library will present several public events to publicize the availability of the bookshelf, to engage the community in meaningful discussion of Islam, and to celebrate its cultural heritage.  In conjunction with the exhibit, the Library will host a literary event celebrating the poetic voice of the Muslim world at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in LARC 109. It will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception and exhibit viewing in the LARC lobby. English and Farsi speakers will read poems by the Sufi poet Rumi and also from The Conference of the Birds, a 12th Century Persian masterpiece. Other events are being planned for the Fall 2013 semester.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf on 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.

For more information on the library resources in the exhibit, visit
For information on the local exhibit, contact University Archivist/Records Manager Beverly Allen  at 719-549-2475 or

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