Alford’s Book Chosen for NEH and ALA Project: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Dr. Terry Alford’s book “Prince Among Slaves” has been selected to be included in a nationwide project by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association. The NEH announcement,noted,“842 libraries and state humanities councils in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a project of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative.” Alford’s book is a part of this unique and selective “curated collection of books which was chosen by a team of scholars and librarians for its potential to offer readers new and diverse perspectives on the histories and cultures of Muslim societies.”

They further noted, “The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection consists of twenty-five books, three documentary films, and a series of seven short videos, ‘Islamic Art Spots.’ In addition to the collection itself, recipient institutions also gain public performance rights to the three films, as well as free access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. In a few weeks, a companion website will be launched, offering more ways for the general public to access resources enhancing the bookshelf offerings.”

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project is possible due to the generosity of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The arts and media components were also provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Other key contributing partners of this project include: Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, American Library Association Public Programs Office, Oxford University Press, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and Twin Cities Public Television.

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