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Muslim Journeys: American Stories

While the large presence of Muslims in the United States dates to the 1960s, Muslims have been a part of the formative history of America since colonial times. American Muslims' stories draw attention to ways in which people of varying religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds interact to shape both their communities' identities and our collective past.


A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America
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?


Prince Among Slaves
E444.I25 A78 2007x

Terry Alford tells the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim captured in war when he was 26 years old, sold to slave traders and shipped to America. Ibrahima was an educated, aristocratic man and he was made overseer of his master's large cotton and tobacco plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. He finally gained his freedom in 1828 through the intercession of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Clay.

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States
E184.M88 C65 2008

Sampling from speeches, interviews, editorials, stories, song lyrics, articles, autobiographies and blogs, Curtis creates a patchwork narrative, beginning with a history of Muslims in the United States, followed by an examination of contemporary issues.


Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
E184.M88 P38 2007

Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, tells his story of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism.


The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam
BP170.5.W55 2010x

Wilson, the child of two atheists, goes to Cairo after 9/11 to teach at an English-language school where she immerses herself in Islam and falls in love with an Egyptian.