Resources on the Muslim American Community and their Contributions
In an effort to provide a resource for academics, advocates, journalists, students and others, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) created this bibliography of over 300 books published between 1966 and 2018 focused on Muslims and Islam in the United States.
Learning for Justice: What is the Truth About American Muslims?
This publication, produced by the Interfaith Alliance and Religious Freedom Project of the First Amendment Center, provides answers to frequently asked questions about religious freedom and American Muslims. Topics covered include The Law of Religious Freedom, American Muslims in the United States, Misunderstood Terms and Practices, and Sharia.
America’s Islamic Heritage Museum
America’s Islamic Heritage Museum is the principal project of Collections & Stories of American Muslims, Inc. – a Washington, DC, Ward 8 based, 501 c-3 a non-profit organization. CSAM was established in 1996, it is dedicated to preserving and fostering educational community engagement programs and opportunities that provide access to, and understanding of, the history of Muslim Americans.
Muslims for American Progress: Muslim Contributions to the United States
To fill the widespread gaps in knowledge about Muslim American citizens, including their positive effect on the country, the Muslims for American Progress project quantified the contributions of Muslim Americans, first in the state of Michigan, and in 2018, in New York City — where over 22% of America’s Muslims live. Muslims for American Progress is a project of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
H. RES. 276, Recognizing American Muslims’ history and contributions to our Nation
2019 Resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing American Muslims’ history and contributions to our Nation.
Organizations Providing Educational Resources on Muslims in America
Unity Productions Foundation: A nonprofit organization founded in 1999, Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) produces documentary films for television broadcast, online viewing and theatrical release, and implements long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, especially between Muslims and other faiths. UPF also sponsors “My Fellow American,” featuring stories of American Muslims and their contributions to American society.
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding: ISPU is an independent, nonpartisan think tank and research organization committed to conducting objective, empirical research and offering expert policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States. These issues include U.S. foreign policy, national security, the economy and public health. In addition, ISPU has assembled leading experts across multiple disciplines and built a solid reputation as a trusted source for information about American Muslims and Muslim communities around the world.
Islamic Networks Group: Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity. Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through education and community engagement, working across the country to provide presentations, training seminars and workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs.
The Islam Project: The Islam Project is a multimedia effort aimed at schools, communities and individuals who want a clearer understanding of Islam. While there is no shortage of classroom materials on Islam, surveys of teachers suggest that there are few resources that penetrate the monolithic concept of Islam to present the extraordinary diversity found in the world’s Muslim communities. Equally important, are resources designed to help teachers answer students’ questions about the nature of Islam and its role in the world in which they live. And finally, teachers need materials to increase student sensitivity to, and understanding of, Islam as it is woven through America’s rich multicultural fabric.