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Muslim Studies Resources: Muslim Journeys

A guide to Muslim Studies resources available through the Michigan State University Libraries

2021-2022 Muslim Journeys: Encounters

Register here (free) to attend this hybrid event

To find a copy of this book, use one of the following methods:

  • Reserve at MSU Main Library Patron Services desk, print and e-book. Note that Community Borrowers may borrow Reserve books. The link to the e-book is restricted to current MSU students/faculty/staff.
  • Public library users: try hoopla
  • Purchase at a 20% discount from Everybody Reads in Lansing and Schuler's in Okemos

Presented by MSU Muslim Studies Program and MSU Libraries.

Co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, Truth Racial Healing & Transformation of Metro Lansing, and LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education).

Book title: The Alcoran of Mahomet

An Early Modern Anglo-Muslim Archive: Cross-Cultural Encounters and Identity Formations
with Professor 
Jyotsna G. Singh (Department of English)

Friday March 4th 11:30 to 1 pm ET Zoom

Drawing on selected pre-1800 archival materials from the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections at the MSU Libraries, this special online talk and discussion will present the interactions and “translations” between early modern English and Muslim travelers and empires, with a focus on the Ottoman (Turkey) and Mughal empires (India). As the frontiers of geographical knowledge were expanding and changing, so were the cultural, linguistic, religious, and racial/ethnic coordinates by which Europeans (Christians) and Muslims defined their own identities. These changes figure in many cross-cultural “encounters,” which reveal the process of confronting “otherness” -- both as real and imagined – and as specters or projections of familiar fears and fantasies. This talk will look afresh at the concept of the “encounter” in the context of Anglo-Muslim interactions, with a thematic emphasis on representations of Islamic cities and cultures from the perspective of English travelers, emissaries, and ambassadors who visited these empires. Selections from the books will be on display via Zoom, presented by Tad Boehmer, Curator of Rare Books. Professor Singh’s talk will be followed by facilitated small group discussions.

Register here (free) to attend this online event

Join us for an all-new Muslim Journeys scholar-led book (and film) discussion series! We will have one session in October 2021 and three events in Winter-Spring 2022. The events include a short lecture from a scholar and small group discussions of the book. Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time. Free and open to the public!

Autobiography & Memoir

I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

The Bosnia List
by Kenan Trebincevic with Susan Shapiro

The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid

Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk

Comics & Graphic Novels

I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

The Arab of the Future: A Graphic Memoir: A Childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984) by Riad Sattouf

Green Lanterns: Vol. 1 Rage Planet (Rebirth) DC Comics

Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab by Huda Fahmy

Mystery & Thriller

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Lover by Laury Silvers

History & Politics

American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear by Khaled A. Beydoun

Meherjaan (film directed by Rubaiyat Hossain)

This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror by Moustafa Bayoumi

Prince Among Slaves (film directed, produced and written by Andrea Kalin; based on the book by Terry Alford)

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg


The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter

The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown

The First Muslim by Lesley Hazleton

The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson

from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: "Pathways of Faith" theme


Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys was a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
X: A Novel was a Great Michigan Read from the Michigan Humanities Council.

Community partners have included: The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, The East Lansing Interfaith Clergy Association, Truth Racial Healing and Transformation of Metro Lansing, Capital Area District Libraries, East Lansing Public Library, LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education).


E-mails from Scheherazad by Mohja Kahf

A Rumi Anthology edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson  

Historical Fiction

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

The Lover by Laury Silvers

Young Adult Fiction

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

X:  A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Internment by Samira Ahmed Final-GMIR-logo-lrg


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