Since September 11, 2001, Muslims in the United States have become the subject of genuine curiosity and compassion as well as increased government surveillance and harassment. Who are these Muslims? What is their history, and where do they come from? Do they share a common culture? Do they vary in their beliefs?
Bringing together an unusually personal collection of essays and documents from an incredibly diverse group of Americans who call themselves Muslims, Edward E. Curtis "finds Islam" in the American experience from colonial times to the present. Sampling from speeches, interviews, editorials, stories, song lyrics, articles, autobiographies, blogs, and other sources, Curtis presents a patchwork narrative of Muslims from different ethnic and class backgrounds, religious orientations, and political affiliations. He begins with a history of Muslims in the United States, featuring the voices of an enslaved African Muslim, a Syrian Muslim sodbuster, and a South Asian mystic-musician, along with the words of such well-known Muslims as Malcolm X. Then he follows with an examination of such contemporary issues as Islam and gender, the involvement of Muslims in American politics, and emerging forms of Islamic spirituality.
In constructing his history, Curtis draws on the work of Muslim feminists, social conservatives, interfaith activists, missionaries, and politicians, as well as Muslim rappers and legal experts. He also includes records from the large-scale migrations of the 1880s; racial, ethnic, and religious trends of the 1960s; writings from second-generation and African American Muslims; and discussions of Islam in the public square. With this highly informed, real-life portrait, Curtis provides a crucial corrective to the rhetoric of suspicion and fear surrounding current discussions of Muslims in the United States and emphasizes Muslims' continuing impact on American society and culture.
The full American Muslim story... This book is highly recommended... an enlightening and moving read.
The first edited collection of primary sources written by American Muslims... Essential.
This excellent collection of American Muslim writings illustrates the historical development and contemporary practice of Islam in America.
A valuable compilation of primary source material.
Introduction to an American Muslim PanoramaChapter 1. Whispers and Echoes: American Muslims Before World War I 1. Omar ibn Sayyid, The Autobiography of Omar ibn Sayyid (1831) 2. Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb, Islam in America (1893) 3. Edward Wilmot Blyden, "Islam in the Western Soudan" (1902) 4. George L. Root, The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (1903, revised 1916) 5. WPA Interviews with Mary Juma and Mike Abdallah (1939)Chapter 2. Contact and Divergence: Immigrant and African American Muslims from World War I to 1965 1. Pir Inayat Khan, "America: 1910-1912" (c. 1925) 2. Moslem Sunrise, "I Am a Moslem" (1921), "True Salvation of the 'American Negroes': The Real Solution of the Negro Question" (1923), "Crescent or Cross: A Negro May Aspire to Any Position Under Islam Without Discrimination" (1923), and "Living Flora--And Dead" (1924) 3. Noble Drew Ali, The Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple (1927) 4. Shaikh Daoud Ahmed Faisal, Al-Islam: The Religion of Humanity (1950) 5. Imam Vehby Isma'il, "Our Prophet, Muhammad" (1959) 6. Abdo Elkholy, The Arab Moslems in the United States (1966) 7. Piri Thomas, "God, Ain't You for Everybody?" from Down These Mean Streets (1967) 8. Elijah Muhammad, "What the Muslims Want" and "What the Muslims Believe," from Message to the Blackman in America (1965) 9. Malcolm X, Interview with Al-Muslimoon (1965)Chapter 3. American Islam After 1965: Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Diversities 1. Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, "The Inner Qur'an," from Islam and World Peace (1987) 2. W. D. Mohammed, "Historic Atlanta Address" (1978) 3. Nation of Gods and Earths, "What We Teach," "Allah," and "Supreme Mathematics" (1992) 4. Frances Trix, Prologue to Spiritual Discourse: Learning with an Islamic Master (1993) 5. Minister Louis Farrakhan, "Million Man March Address" (1995) 6. Jeffrey Lang, Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam (1995) 7. Sally Howell, "Finding the Straight Path: A Conversation with Mohsen and Lila Amen About Faith, Life, and Family in Dearborn," in Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream (2000) 8. Damarys Ocana, "Our Stories: A Leap of Faith," in Latina Magazine (2004) 9. Islamic Horizons, "Matrimonials" (2005) 10. Asra Q. Nomani, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam (2005)Chapter 4. Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American Islam 1. Leila Ahmed, "From Abu Dhabi to America," in A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey (2000) 2. Carol L. Anway, Daughters of Another Path: Experiences of American Women Choosing Islam (1996) 3. Tarajee Abdur-Rahim, Interview in American Jihad: Islam After Malcolm X (1993) 4. Asma Gull Hasan, American Muslims: The New Generation (2000) 5. Azizah al-Hibri, "An Introduction to Muslim Women's Rights," in Windows of Faith: Muslim Women Scholar-Activists in North America (2002) 6. Amina Wadud, Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective (1999) 7. Khalida Saed, "On the Edge of Belonging," in Living Islam Outloud: American Muslim Women Speak (2005) 8. Imam Zaid Shakir, "An Examination of the Issue of Female Prayer Leadership" (2005) 9. Laury Silvers, "Islamic Jurisprudence, 'Civil' Disobedience, and Woman-Led Prayer" (2005) 10. Ingrid Mattson, "Can a Woman Be an Imam? Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women's Leadership" (2005)Chapter 5. American Muslim Politics and Civic Engagement After 9/11 1. Council of American-Islamic Relations, "The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States" (2005) 2. Laila Al-Marayati, "American Muslim Charities: Easy Targets in the War on Terror, " in Pace Law Review (2005) 3. United States of America v. Earnest James Ujaama (2002) 4. Fiqh Council of North America, "Fatwa Against Terrorism" (2005) 5. Omid Safi, "Being Muslim, Being American After 9/11," in Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith (2002) 6. "Yaphett El-Amin for [Missouri] Senate District 4" (2006) 7. Khaled Abou El Fadl, "Islam and the Challenge of Democracy" (2003) 8. Shamim A. Siddiqui, "Islamic Movement in America--Why?" in Muslims and Islamization in North America: Problems and Prospects (1999) 9. American Islamic Congress, "A New Guide to Muslim Interfaith Dialogue" (2006) 10. Patricia S. Maloof and Fariyal Ross-Sherriff, "Challenges of Resettlement and Adaptation of Muslim Refugees," in Muslim Refugees in the United States: A Guide for Service Providers (2003)Chapter 6. American Muslim Spirituality and Religious Life 1. Betty Hasan Amin, "Hajj in a Wheelchair," Azizah Magazine (2002) 2. Abdul Rauf, "Who Is God?" in Qur'an for Children (1995) 3. Shakina Reinhertz, Women Called to the Path of Rumi: The Way of the Whirling Dervish (2001) 4. Tazim R. Kassam, "The Daily Prayer (Du'a) of Shi'a Isma'ili Muslims" (2001) 5. Aminah McCloud and Frederick Thaufeer al-Deen, A Question of Faith for Muslim Inmates (1999) 6. Suhail Mulla, Online Advice About Muslim Youth (2004 and 2005) 7. Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA), "Islamic Medical Ethics: The IMANA Perspective" (2005) 8. Yahia Abdul-Rahman and Abdullah S. Tug, "Introduction to LARIBA Financing" (1998) 9. Capital D, "Culture of Terrorism," from Insomnia (2004) 10. Hamza Yusuf, Introduction to Purification of the Heart (2004)AcknowledgmentsGlossary of Islamic TermsFurther Reading
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