EL CAJON—The Grossmont College Library will put on its reserve bookshelf this
Fall Semester a special collection of 25 books and three films on “Muslim
Journeys,” made available through a grant provided by the National Endowment
for the Humanities.
Students will be able to check out the reserve items for three days at a time –
shorter than the usual time span in order to make the books and films in the
collection available to more students during the semester.
Librarian Nadra Farina-Hess told faculty members during “Flex Week,” which is
the professional development week prior to the August 19 start-up of classes,
that the books and films on Muslim culture constitute the first segment in what
is expected to be a multi-year bridge-building exploration of different
religions and cultures. Grossmont
College Library was one of 842 libraries throughout the United States that have
been awarded the grant.
Farina-Hess told faculty members that for the ease of study the collection is
divided into six inter-related topics dealing with Muslims. These topics are American Stories; Connected
Histories (between Muslims and other groups); Literary Reflections; Pathways of
Faith; Points of View; and Art, Architecture and Film.
Faculty members teaching courses in history, humanities, languages, religion,
and other disciplines were encouraged by Farina-Hess to review the books to
determine whether any of them would fit nicely into their class studies.
She also said a panel discussion on campus to explore Muslim culture is in the
works along with the showing of two films, Islamic Art: Mirror of the
Among Slaves. Dates and times are
not yet determined. -- DHH
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