Islam and Muslim Communities in the United States
The Practice of Islam in America: An Introduction (NYU Press) is a book that you can use in classes such as Intro to Islam, Intro to Religion, or Religion in the United States -- as well as something you can share with your neighbor when she asks you how Muslim Americans actually practice their religion. This book describes the lived religious experiences of a Muslim American community diverse by race, religious interpretation, ethnicity, national origin, sexual identity, gender, class, and region. It includes Sunni, Twelver, Isma'ili, Ansaaru Allah, Sufi, and "just Muslim" voices and experiences. Many of the practices here are shared; a few are particular to one community -- but overall, the goal is to show embodied, emplaced Muslim Americans doing and reflecting on Islam.
The book's website contains chapter summaries, audio-visual aids, discussion questions, and group exercises.
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, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through education and community engagement. We work through regional volunteers and affiliated organizations across the country who provide thousands of 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. Reaching hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals a year at the grassroots level, ING is building bridges among people of all backgrounds.
The series of short films The Secret Life of Muslims uses humor and empathy to subvert stereotypes and reveal the truth about American Muslims: fascinating careers, unexpected talents, and inspiring accomplishments, providing a counter-narrative to the rampant Islamophobia prevalent in the media.
In this Buzzfeed podcast, host Ahmed Ali Akbar invites writers, teachers, comedians, musicians to share stories about being Muslim in America. They talk about about their personal experiences not only for Muslims or on behalf of all Muslims, dealing with a different topic each week.
Arab American Stories is a 13-part series presented by Detroit Public Television that explores the diversity of the Arab-American experience. Each half-hour features three short, character-driven documentaries that profile Arab Americans making an impact in their community, their profession, their family, or the world at large.
The accompanying viewing guides and lesson plans have been created to assist educators in positioning the episodes as part of lessons across multiple disciplines. Students are also challenged throughout the lessons to think about community, culture, identity, and the American experience as seen through the 39 Arab American stories.
As the nation’s largest non-partisan, non-sectarian, grassroots Arab American civil rights organization, ADC recognizes the importance of education. Education is at the heart of ADC’s mission to protect the civil rights of Arab Americans, promote mutual understanding, and preserve the Arab heritage in America. In order to fulfill our mission, people all over the country need access to materials on Arab culture, history, religion, etc. that present an unbiased and correct representation of Arabs, Arab Americans, and their rich cultural heritage. ADC has prepared and compiled a list of resources and lesson plans on a variety of related subjects. There are specific resources available for students, teachers, parents, as well as general information.