WINCHESTER, VA- Shenandoah University wants to increase its awareness and understanding of the Muslim culture and a new grant is making that possible.
The campus library recently installed the "Muslim Journeys" bookshelf collection.
The books, DVD's and online materials will be a way for the students to learn about Islamic civilizations and cultural heritage. The library staff says it is especially important with ongoing conflict in Middle Eastern and African nations to understand more about their beliefs.
"Most of us, we don't know much about that in the United States," says Christopher Bean, Director of Library Services at Shenandoah University. "So for students," he adds, "We have books. We have the website. They have access to watching movies. We thought that would be helpful to them in a variety of ways to broaden their perspective."
The Muslim Journeys book collection is sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities and the American Library Association.