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Muslim Studies Resources: Muslim Journeys

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

Muslim Journeys 2023-24

Wednesday, January 17th at 7pm

MSU Muslim Journeys Film Event at East Lansing Public Library

By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam

Directed by Zareena Grewal

In anticipation of activist and professional basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s visit to campus (see below), please join us at the East Lansing Public Library for a documentary film screening and special discussion with our scholars

Dr. Christina L. Myers (MSU School of Journalism)


Dr. Nura Sediqe (MSU Department of Political Science)

Free and open to the public, all welcome.

In 1996, basketball star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson) refused to stand during the national anthem, leading to his suspension from the NBA. The documentary examines media representations and the varied reactions within the Muslim community to his decision.

Related Event!

The 3rd Annual Malcolm X Muslim Studies Community Forum featuring Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Activist and Professional Basketball Player

Lecture and Booksigning

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 7:00pm-8:30pm EST Erickson Kiva 620 Farm Ln., East Lansing, MI 48824

Lecture and book signing Hybrid format: In person (open to the public) and livestreamed. Free livestream registration at Muslim Studies Program :: Registration Links 












Muslim Journeys Art and Book Discussion

Wednesday October 25 7pm, MSU Main Library Green Room (4W)
Hybrid event, attend in person or via Zoom

Join us for a new Muslim Journeys scholar-led art and book discussion!  Rachel Winter, Assistant Curator at the MSU Broad Art Museum, will present The Pianist from Syria: A Memoir by Aeham Ahmad, and, at the event, will screen the video Space Refugee by Turkish conceptual artist Halil Altindere. We’ll discuss both of the works and their relation to one another and to our world today.

Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. Reading the book before the event is encouraged but not required. The Pianist from Syria is widely available for borrowing from Michigan libraries.






Halil Altindere, Space Refugee, 2016, video (color, sound), 19:56 min., installation view at the Pilot Gallery, Istanbul, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Pilot Gallery, Istanbul.

Autobiography & Memoir

Pianist from Syria by Aeham Ahmad

By the Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam (film) by Zareena Grewal

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

The Great Muslim American Road Trip, hosts Mona Haydar & Sebastian Robins

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

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

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by María Rosa Menocal.

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

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

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


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).

Poetry & Art

Space Refugee (art video) by Halil Altindere

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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