Bridging Culture grant provides extensive material on Muslim culture

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes 25 books and three movies.

Michele Hardy

To introduce the Saddleback College community to Muslim culture, the library showed the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” on Oct. 12.

“A lot of people are unaware of the Muslims’ experiences,” librarian Wendy Gordon said. “This is a way for those who are unaware and interested to be introduced to the wealth of cultural and social gifts that the Muslims bring to our society.”

Narrated by actress Susan Sarandon, the film covers the vast history of Islamic artists, highlighting the most significant pieces, both contemporary and historic.

The film is one of 28 pieces of material granted to Saddleback by the National Endowment for Humanities under the “Bridging Culture” project.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes 25 books and three movies. The books are divided into five categories including Connected Histories, American Stories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith and Points of View.

Muslim Journeys is a way to fill in any gaps and provide up-to-date information on the Muslim culture.

“It brings a different perspective to the works we have here. Especially the literature written by Muslims,” librarian Lydia Welhan said. “It opens that world of information to students that wasn’t previously there.”

The books are available for check out at any time to students with an driver’s license or student I.D.      

When searching the Saddleback Library’s website, typing “Muslim Journeys” into the search bar will generate the entire list of books in the library’s collection.

For more information, contact Wendy Gordon at 949-582-4932 or visit the library’s website at

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