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Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by
Call Number: E184.M88 P38 2010
, a former Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford, is the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that unites young people of different religions to perform community service and explore their common values."--Publishers Weekly
“The best recent American statement about living one’s faith in a pluralistic society.”
—Robin Lovin, Christian Century
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by
Call Number: BP170.5.W55 W55 2010
"After an illness forces her to face her own mortality at age 18, Wilson, the child of two atheists, finds herself in search of religion. The faith that feels right for her is Islam, but in the wake of 9/11, she has difficulties embracing it fully. It isn't until she makes the decision to move to Cairo to teach at an English-language school that she is able to immerse herself in the religion she has come to love and become a Muslim. When she falls in love with Omar, an Egyptian physics teacher, Wilson becomes increasingly open about her faith, despite the reactions she fears from her friends and family."--Kristine Huntley, Booklist
More about G. Willow Wilson
can be found on her website.
The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States by
Call Number: E184.M88 C65 2008
"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."
Edward E. Curtis IV
is Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Prince Among Slaves by
Call Number: E444.I25 A78 2007
"In this remarkable work, Terry Alford tells the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim slave who, in 1807, was recognized by an Irish ship's surgeon as the son of an African king who had saved his life many years earlier. 'The Prince,' as he had become known to local Natchez, Mississippi residents, had been captured in war when he was 26 years old, sold to slave traders, and shipped to America."
is a Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College.
A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America by
Call Number: BP190.5.H44 A46 2011
"In Cairo in the 1940s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. To them, these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, however, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil. Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take root so swiftly, and what does this shift mean for women, Islam, and the West?"
is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School.
About This Theme
"History books often divide the world into a 'modern West' and a 'traditional Orient,' ignoring the history of Muslims in America. American Muslims’ stories fly in the face of that strict opposition of East and West. By virtue of being both American and Muslim, the stories listed here draw attention to the ways people of varying religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds interact with one another to shape and reshape their individual lives and American society. As such, they open new vistas on the formation of Muslim and American identities in the modern world."
American Stories was developed by Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri, Professor of Religion and Humanities, Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Film: Prince among Slaves
Prince among Slaves
Call Number: E444.I25 P75 2011 DVD
Actor Mos Def narrates the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince who was sold into slavery in the American South in 1788.
Based on the book of the same title by Terry Alford, the 60 min. video, was originally produced as a motion picture in 2007.