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Scholars, Artists Discuss African American Muslim Experience

Scholars, artists, and community activists convened this weekend at the fourth annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program Conference to discuss the experience of African American Muslims and approaches to uniting indigenous and immigrant Muslim communities. “We don’t have a set agenda. We’re just trying to foster a dialogue,” said professor Ali S. Asani … Continue reading

NPR’s “A History of Black Muslims in America”

In a 2005 National Public Radio show, Allison Keyes interviewed Howard University African Studies Professor Sulayman Nyang, who traces the history of black Muslims in America beginning under slavery. Listen here.

Speaker Spotlight: Amir Sulaiman & The Meccan Openings

Poet Amir Sulaiman discusses his most recent project, entitled The Meccan Openings, in this short film by Justin Mashouf.

Speaker Spotlight: Mustafa Davis

Mustafa Davis is a Muslim American filmmaker and photographer whose diverse portfolio addresses, among other things, issues of contemporary Muslim American identity. Davis’ film DeenTight “reaches down to a deep place in the Islamic discourse” to examine the powerful role that hip-hop plays among Muslims Americans and especially within the African American Muslim community. DEENTIGHT:::trailer … Continue reading

Dr. Edward Curtis on Muslim American Dissent

In a January 18, 2012 talk for the Danforth Center at the University of Washington, Indiana University Professor Edward Curtis IV discussed Muslim American dissent before and after 9/11, focusing on the fascinating and little-known history of African American communities. He notes that, following WWII, “African American Islam became what was likely the greatest source … Continue reading