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The Oldest Mosque in America

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Mother Mosque of America, once known as The Rose of Fraternity Lodge, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is said to be the first permanent structure to be built specifically to serve as a mosque in the United States. Construction was […]

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Black Muslim Leaders: Elijah Muhammad

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

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Muslims Among African Slaves

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The shipments of human cargo in the mid-16th century (via the efforts of Sir John Hawkins) disembarked on Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico rather than on the North American mainland. The first black slaves to arrive in what is […]

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Who’s going to ISNA’s annual conference?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The 49th annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America takes place over Labor Day weekend in Washington, D.C. “One Nation Under God, Striving for the Common Good” is the theme for the event, set for August 31 through […]

What are the sacred places in Islam?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Well, sure, there’s Mecca. Let’s compile a list of the rest! Some (say, Medina) are obvious, others not so much. When you name the place, give some reasons why it should be on the list. For ideas, check out this […]

Black Muslim Leaders: Wali Fard

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

Visions of Islam Collide in the U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Two overarching stories can be told of Islam in America: that of traditional Islam as practiced in Muslim-majority countries and that of indigenous Islam, whose practitioners are popularly known as Black Muslims. These two threads began to intertwine in the […]

Back to the Beginning

posted by Suzy Shuraym

No: Islam did not arrive for the first time in North America in the mid-20th Century. It’s likely that the first Muslims to set foot in the Western Hemisphere arrived in 1492 on one of the three ships captained by […]

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The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia
There's a nuanced discussion of one of our favorite topics: Islamophobia, by Massimo Pigliucci on the website Scientia Salon. One snippet: "While the statistics on international terrorism are complex and can be read in a number of ways, ...

posted 8:00:16pm Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

"How are you queer and Muslim at the same time?"
As the 21st Century rolls along, American Muslims are dealing with ever more complicated questions regarding religious observance and personal behavior. Here's what one Muslima has to say: "Yes, it’s possible to be queer and Muslim" "I ...

posted 10:55:47am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Here We Go Again
Yet another gunman with an Arabic name has opened fire in an American city. This time the gunman was born in Kuwait and the city was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those killed: four United States Marines. According to the New York Times: "The ...

posted 2:43:39am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Qu'ran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
As the Independence Day celebrations draw near, it's time to talk (once again) about the role of women in American Islam. Yes, this blog (despite digressions abroad) centers on Muslims in the United States. Women here are regarded differently ...

posted 7:16:51pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Stories of Resilience
Theme for the 52nd annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is "Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative". The confab takes place September 4 through 7, 2015, in the Donald E. Stephens Convention ...

posted 1:40:40pm Jun. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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