About the Conference

Muslim Americans are the most racially diverse religious group in the United States. Within the American Muslim community, African American Muslims comprise the single largest racial group at around 35%, and yet they receive relatively little scholarly attention.

The Fourth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference entitled Expressions of Islam in Contemporary African American Communities will host speakers exploring and highlighting the varied experiences of African American Muslims in the United States. The conference will not only showcase research on African American Muslims by leading academics, but will also feature contemporary artists, using various media, who speak directly to the subject through their work.

The conference is sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University, an interfaculty and interdisciplinary initiative seeking to improve understanding about Islam and Muslim communities in diverse national and transnational contexts, the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard and the Department of African American Studies.

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