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Michigan State University

Muslim Studies Resources: Muslim Journeys

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

Muslim Journeys 2022-23

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 Libraries' 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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