Forest City, Iowa – The Luise V. Hanson Library at Waldorf College has been awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The college library is one of only six institutions in Iowa to be granted the collection.
Consisting of 25 books and three films, the Bookshelf was created to introduce Americans to Muslim history and culture in the United States and around the world. In addition to the books and films, the library also receives access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online for one year.
“A part of the Lutheran tradition of higher education is a freedom of inquiry, and our library supports this by providing materials like the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf that encourage the exploration of other cultures and beliefs,” said Waldorf Library Director Elizabeth Kiscaden.
Library staff will work with college faculty to createrelevant lectures for both students and members of the community and plans to offer public presentations of the films, along with book discussions.
Kiscaden applied for the award last fall. “I was interested in this collection because it supports an important part of the mission of our college, which is to explore the meaning and depth that religion and spirituality add to life,” said Kiscaden.
According to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the collection is intended to provide the American public with dependable resources about Muslim beliefs and practices. Developed under the direction of scholars and librarians, the collection was awarded to 842 libraries and state humanities councils across the country. More information about the Muslin Journeys Bookshelf can be found at www.neh.gov.
The Luise V. Hanson Library is open to the public year-round.