|A 15th century map of the coast of Spain. [from the National Endowment for the Humanities website]|
Thomas Jefferson Library in Falls Church, Woodrow Wilson Library in Bailey’s Crossroads, and Tysons-Pimmit Library in Tysons will also receive the collection.
The Fairfax County library system is one of 842 libraries and state humanities councils to be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, which was developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association with input from scholars, librarians, and public programming experts. It is designed to provide trustworthy, accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.
Each participating library will receive 25 books, three films, and access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.They will also have access to a Muslim Journeys website to be launched in February by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project is part of the Bridging Cultures initiative, which highlights the importance of civility in American life and embraces the role of libraries in fostering community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways.