A new website, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, features audio and video from Beyond Golden Age and Decline: The Legacy of Muslim Societies in Global Modernity, 1300-1900. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in partnership with the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, hosted a forum and workshop series looking at the legacy of Muslim societies in today’s world during the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 2011. The presentations included Muslim Women: Perceptions and Self-Perceptions and Beyond Golden Age and Decline: the Legacy of Muslim Societies in Global Modernity, 1300-1900. NEH Chairman Jim Leach also gave a talk entitled Civility in a Fractured Society.
Recording, production, and distribution of forum and workshop content was made possible through With Good Reason. This project typifies the mission of VFH to build community through the humanities, to foster understanding between cultures, and to promote civil discourse.