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American Muslims: History, Culture and Politics

February 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics
Readings and Resources: PDF link here

Dr. Turan Kayaoglu (
Sources (***: top recommendations)

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes – Slate Magazine:

Immigration Animation:

***American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics:


***American-Muslims and Terrorism:


**Hammer, Juliane and Omid Safi ed., 2013 The Cambridge Companion to American Islam. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

**Haddad, Yvonne Y. and Jane I Smith, 2014. The Oxford Handbook of American Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Curtis, Edward E. IV ed. 2008. The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States. New York: Columbia University Press.

Popular Books

**Abdul Rauf, Imam Feisal. 2012. Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America. New York: Free Press.

Alford, Terry. 2007. Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an American Prince Sold into Slavery in the American South. New York: Oxford University Press.

An-Na\’im, Abdullahi Ahmed. What Is an American Muslim?: Embracing Faith and Citizenship. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Barrett, Paul. 2007. American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hasan, Asma G., 2001. American Muslims: The New Generation. New York: Continuum.

***Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Ballantine Books.

Qazwini, Imam Hasan. 2007. American Crescent:  A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America. New York: Random House.

Patel, Eboo. 2007. Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Boston: Beacon Press.

**Spellberg, Denise. 2013. Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: Islam and the Founders. New York: Alfred A. Knpf.

Scholarly Books

Abdullah, Zain. 2010. Black Mecca. The African Muslims of Harlem. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Austin, Allan D. 2011. African Muslims in Antebellum America. New York: Routledge.

Bilici, Mucahit. Finding Mecca in America: How Islam is Becoming an American Religion. University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Cone, James H. 1992. Martin & Malcolm, & America. New York: Orbis Books

Diouf, Sylviane. Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas. New York: New York University Press.

Ernst, Carl (ed). 2013. Islamohobia in America: The Anatomy of Intolerance. New York: Palgrave

**GhanaBassiri, Kambiz. 2010. A History of Islam in America. New York: Cambridge University Press

Haddad, Yvonne, ed. 2002. Muslims in the West: From Sojourners to Citizens. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Haddad, Yvonne, and John L. Esposito, eds. 2000. Muslims on the Americanization path?. Oxford University Press.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, and Jane I. Smith, eds. 1994. Muslim Communities in North America. SUNY Press.

Khan, Muqtader, M. A. 2002. American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom. Beltsville: amana publications.

Jackson, Sherman. 2005. Islam and the Black American. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Leonard, Karen. 2003. Muslims in the United States: The State of Research (New York: Russell Sage Foundation)

Smith, Jane I. 1999. Islam in America. New York: Columbia University Press.Takim, Liyakat Nathani. 2009. Shi’ism in America. New York: New York University Press.

Turner, Richard Brent. Islam in the African-American Experience. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


**Prince Among Slaves [Islam under Slavery], PBS:

The Mosque Cares
[WD Muhammad’s Ministry]:

The Nation of Islam
[Louis Farrakhan’s Community]

“What if [Barack Obaoma] were muslim?
Colin Powell on Muslim Americans

“Islam in America,”
by Fareed Zakaria,
 “Religious Freedom and American Muslims,” by Mayor Bloomberg,

Election of Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of US Congress,

***President Obama’s address to American Muslims, [43 minutes]

Council of American-Islamic Relations,

Islamic Society of North America,

African Muslims and American Blues,

**Malcolm X [movie]

Journey into America [documentary]

Little Mosque on the Prairie (Canadian Muslim experience) [sitcom]

***All American Muslim [TLC Reality Show]

Muslim Hip Hop,

American Jazz and Islam,

“Rad States and Muslim Comedy,”  Negin Farsad

Slave Trade in Two Minutes:

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database:

Questions and Notes (eMail:

University of Washington Tacoma professor Turan Kayaoglu explores how American Muslim identities have shaped and been shaped by American culture, history, and politics. Telling a story covering four centuries, he will connect Muslim life under slavery, the emergence of the Nation of Islam in the context of the Great Migration and the race relations of the 1920s, the Immigration Act of 1965, the involvement of Muslims in the development and spread of the blues, and American Muslims’ embrace of standup comedy. Touching on issues such as the interaction of racial, cultural, and religious identities; the politics of immigration and citizenship; and interfaith and religious dialogue; Kayaoglu uncovers how American Muslims have been integral to American experience.


Turan Kayaoglu is a professor of international relations and the associate vice chancellor for research at University of Washington, Tacoma. Kayaoglu was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute and visiting professor at Qatar University. His research explores issues related to religion, international relations, human rights, and American Muslim experience. Kayaoglu is the editor-in-chief of Muslim World Journal of Human Rights and the author of Legal Imperialism: Sovereignty and Extraterritoriality in Japan, the Ottoman Empire, and China and The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: The Politics, Problems, and Potential, in addition to over twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.  Kayaoglu currently works on a project for how American Muslims are shaping global Islam.

Co-sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau


February 7, 2018
6:30 pm
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