Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Photograph of the main campus library display window showing materials from the Muslim Journeys

Library Display Window

The Durham Tech Library was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant called Bridging Cultures Bookshelf:  Muslim Journeys.

The grant provides our library with more than 25 books and videos about Muslim culture, history, literature, and faith.  Visit the  Durham Tech events calendar for details about programs, films, and book discussions related to Muslim culture and faith that will occur throughout the year.

Please see the muslimjourneysposter for more information about campus events.

Use the online catalog to locate these materials in the library.

Three Muslim art medallions. Books

  • Minaret by Leila Aboulela
  • A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
  • The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
  • The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
  • Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
  • Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
  • Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
  • The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
  • In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
  • When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
  • Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
  • The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
  • The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  • Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
  • The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
  • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
  • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson


  • Prince Among Slaves
  • Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
  • Koran by Heart

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

New DVDs available in the library

We have added several new documentary films to our library collection.  Learn something new!  Borrow one today!

Use the online catalog to search our film collection by title or keyword.  If you are looking for movies on a particular topic you can search for that topic along with the words “and video” to limit to video titles.

American TeacherDVD cover for American Teacher shows a collage of photographs of teachers and the text "American Teacher: One of the toughest jobs in the world is getting tougher."

See the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, revealing the frustrating realities of today’s teachers, the difficulty of attracting talented new educators, and why so many of our best teachers leave the profession altogether. Can we re-value teaching and turn it into a prestigious, financially attractive, and desirable profession?

BlDVD cover shows an African American looking down, a large Afro obscuring his eyes. Text says, "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"ack Power Mixtape

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.


Half the Sky   

Take an unforgettable journey to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope.

How to Die in Oregon

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether–and when–to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

The Interrupters 

Tells the moving and surprising story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.

Invisible War

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

The Last Mountain

The fight for the last great mountain in America’s Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant that wants to explode it to extract the coal within, against the community fighting to preserve the mountain and build a wind farm on its ridges instead. Robert Kennedy Jr. joins the fight to preserve the mountain.

DVD cover of Louder Than a Bomb shows four individuals standing in front of microphonesLouder Than a Bomb

Follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam.



DVD cover of Project Nim shows a young chimpanzee wearing a red shirt and holding onto the finger of a person out of sight.Project Nim

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim’s natural instincts take over and the humans trusted with his well-being fail to protect him, Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society.

Titanic: The Complete Story

This is the most complete chronicle of the Titanic ever created and is filled with survivor interviews, rare newsreel footage, and photos. It’s an incomparable voyage into one of history’s most unforgettable tragedies.