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Muslim Studies Resources: Muslim Journeys

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

Muslim Journeys 2022-23

Tuesday March 14th 7pm at MSU Main Library, Green Room, 4W

Scholar-led book discussion of The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, written by María Rosa Menocal. MSU History professor David Wheat will give a short lecture, followed by facilitated small group discussions led by graduate students. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. Reading the book before the event is encouraged but not required. The book Ornament of the World is widely available via Melcat free interlibrary loan.

Co-sponsored by: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation of Metro Lansing; Islamic Society of Greater Lansing; LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education); MSU Department of Religious Studies, Serling Institute for Jewish Studies & Modern Israel


Monday February 13th 7pm at East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road East Lansing MI 48823

The Great Muslim American Road Trip: Episode Screening and Discussion with Hosts Mona Haydar & Sebastian Robins

Join Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins, hosts of the PBS series The Great Muslim American Road Trip, in person at the East Lansing Public Library. Mona and Sebastian are a young Muslim American couple who recently journeyed along the iconic Route 66 in search of Muslim American history and identity. We will view and discuss the episode "A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Tulsa to Albuquerque." This episode explores Black American history including the Tulsa Massacre, African American jazz musicians, interfaith relations and more. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public.

Sebastian Robins & Mona Haydar

Co-sponsored by: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation of Metro Lansing; Islamic Society of Greater Lansing; LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education); MSU Department of Religious Studies; WKAR Public Media; East Lansing Public Library


Wednesday, September 28 at the Broad Art Museum

Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest by Dr. Edward E. Curtis IV

Join us for this three-part event, which includes an afterhours opportunity to view the exhibition Zaha Hadid Design: Untold; a lecture by and conversation with renowned scholar of Muslim American, African American, and Arab American history Dr. Edward E. Curtis IV; and a book signing with the author. Copies of Dr. Curtis’ new book Muslims of the Heartland will be available for purchase at the event. Attend for one, two, or all three parts! Reading the book is not required to attend and enjoy the program

6:00–7:00 pm: Viewing of the exhibition Zaha Hadid Design: Untold

7:00–8:15 pm: Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Edward E. Curtis IV

8:15–9:00 pm: Book signing with Dr. Curtis

Free and open to the public! Please register here

Muslims of the Heartland

Link to the e-book (MSU students/faculty/staff) and MSU print book

Print copies available at East Lansing Public Library and CADL, and through MelCat

Thank you to our co-sponsors for making this special event possible! Cosponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion • Honors College • International Studies & Programs’ Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion • James Madison College • Department of History • Department of Religious Studies • Asian Studies Center • Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities • Islamic Society of Greater Lansing • Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education (LATTICE) •One Love Global/Truth Racial Healing & Transformation Metro Lansing (TRHT)

Autobiography & Memoir

I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

Malcolm X (film) by Spike Lee

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

My First and Only Love by Sahar Khalifeh; Aida Bamia (Translator)

The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

The Lover by Laury Silvers

Young Adult Fiction

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

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

X:  A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Internment by Samira Ahmed


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