AMERICAN

MUSLIM

RECLAIM THE PAST
REIMAGINE THE FUTURE

We are a storytelling platform dedicated to revealing
the long and vital role that Muslims have played in shaping the United States.

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Muslim Americans continue the struggle to urge America to live up to its highest ideals of full inclusion and equality
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In this month’s @vanityfair #SeptemberIssue, @ilhanmn @rashidatlaib and #thesquad are celebrated for their roles advocating for racial and maternal justice. The issue also includes an oral history from @repkeithellison — America’s first Muslim Congressman — on the early days of the movement following the murder of #georgefloyd
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Muslims have long been on the frontlines in the fight for justice in America and they continue to carry that legacy forward
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Image @internetbby @vanityfair
#muslim #blacklivesmatter #muslimamerican #thesquad
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This Eid, we're thinking about our community around the world, many of whom are celebrating another Eid in various stages of "lockdown".

We're finding hope and inspiration in things big and small, past and present. Here is The Champ, Muhammad Ali, on Hajj in January 1972. His simple white robe, the ihram, a symbol of equality, reminds us of the progress we make toward this goal every day, and the long road ahead.

Eid Mubarak, from all of us at American Muslim.
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Image, Bettmann Archive.
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#eidmubarak #eid #americanmuslims #muhammadali #thechamp #equality
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Some 292 Muslim-sounding last names appear in troop listings for the Civil War. Most prominent among them is Nicholas Said (pictured here) also known as Mohammed Ali ben Said, who joined the 55th Regiment of Massachusetts Colored Volun­teers. Unlike many African Americans who fought in the war, neither Said nor any of his ancestors had been enslaved on American soil. According to his remarkable autobiography, Said was enslaved or indentured for much of his life yet he traveled to five continents, spoke seven languages, served princes and diplomats, and worked as a teacher and speaker in the southern United States. He was committed to being “useful to my race”. In his autobiography, Said notes that "Africa has been, through prejudice and ignorance, so sadly misrepresented, that anything like intelligence, industry, etc. is believed not to exist among its natives”. His work serves as a counter narrative to that notion.
Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society, thanks to Precious Rasheeda Muhammad for her work excavating this lost history and publishing Said’s autobiography.
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#juneteenth #liberation #usmuslims #africanamerican #civilrights #losthistory
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On #Muslims4abolition @believersbailout National Day of Action, we remember the long history of police brutality against Black communities in America, and the powerful forces from the Muslim community who stood up to them.
On April 27, 1962 an act of police brutality took place took place at the Nation of Islam’s mosque in Los Angeles. Six unarmed Muslims were wounded and one was killed.
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Malcolm’s words about that day ring powerfully today: "In the shooting that took place, seven men were shot. Seven Muslims were shot. None of them were armed. None of them were struggling. None of them were fighting. None of them were trying to defend themselves at all...you’ve got some Gestapo tactics being practiced by the police department in this country against 20 million black people, second class citizens, day in and day out.”
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#Muslims4abolition #BlackLivesMatter #racism #solidarity #muslims4blacklives
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In her essay, Dr. Mia Carey, former field director of the Yarrow Mamout Archaeology Project, reflects on why the stories of enslaved African Muslims and Islam’s early presence in America have been silenced.

As we watch the streets fill with protests for #BlackLivesMatter, Dr. Carey reminds us of the long history of racism and systematic violence against black bodies, and how that history has informed what it means to be American.
Read her essay on this lost history and it’s implications. Link in bio.

#blacklivesmatter #forgottenhistories #usmuslims #yarrowmamout #racialjustice #american
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#blackouttuesday. American Muslim stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We are outraged by the systems of oppression and anti-blackness that marginalize people in America. We feel the anguish of this moment, and we too are grieving. Our vision is to reclaim the past to reimagine the future, a future where everyone belongs. We want to learn from the past, from our Muslim American ancestors who have been in this fight from the beginning. At the same time, we recognize the inherent challenges. As one of our team members put it: "We've been having the same damn conversation for the past 70 years, and I don't know what's changing". As storytellers, we're committed to using this platform to make a difference, a real difference. We don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, but we’ll continue sharing stories, and doing what we can to change the conversation. ...

About

Muslims first arrived in America more than a century before the Jamestown colony was founded…
Too few Americans are aware of the profound impact of the Muslim experience on U.S. soil, stretching back over 400 years.  In the popular imagination, Muslims are at best foreigners, at worst suspects.
It’s time to create a new narrative about what it means to be American.
This three-year project is exploring how Muslims of every generation have participated in the American experiment—as Africans who were enslaved, homesteaders, soldiers, community builders, business leaders, sportspeople, political activists, artists and more. Through their stories, we are highlighting the role of Muslims in U.S. history and expanding our notion of what it means to be an American today.

American Muslim is using innovative storytelling techniques to reach people wherever they consume their content—through broadcast, digital, community screenings and educational initiatives. We have already launched our social media channels and will be producing a series of short films for digital distribution, before building to a three-hour documentary series intended for broadcast in 2022. The series will be accompanied by a state-of-the-art website, and vigorous community outreach and educational engagement, designed to bring these stories to schools and colleges across America.

Blog

Silenced in the Landscape

Today in 1752, an enslaved African Muslim named Yarrow Mamout arrived in Annapolis, Maryland on board the slave ship Elijah. Gaining his freedom at the age of 60, Mamout went on to become a successful craftsman, entrepreneur and financier – lending...

Everyone Belongs in This New American Story

One of my favorite new lockdown traditions is a daily dance party with my six-year-old son. We blast our favorite Bollywood and Bieber tunes, mimicking outrageous dance moves to the best of our abilities. Although my son doesn’t speak Urdu or...

Creative Team

We have assembled a diverse media team with decades of experience creating award-winning non-fiction and history content for public media, commercial television and digital platforms. The project has been developed and is led by:

Project Advisors

We are honored to be working with an academic advisory board of distinguished scholars who bring to the project a diverse range of experience and expertise.

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SUPPORT

Help us change the narrative surrounding  Muslims in America.
Tax-deductible donations can be made here.

With thanks to the individuals and foundations
who are generously supporting our work:

Hassan and Rasha Elmasry

Salma Hasan Ali, the late Maurice Berger, Fareed and Asma Farukhi/UHRC, Navine Karim, Tanu Kumar, Mohini Malhotra, Ambassador Osman Siddique, Caroline Sunners.

The Pillars Fund
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

American Muslim is a sponsored project of the Filmmakers Collaborative.

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