Indianapolis Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Community Digital Archive Is Published

Indianapolis, IN — Three-dimensional images of a Fruit of Islam uniform and Muslim Girls Training headwear from the 1970s are just a few of the 1,344 unique items in the Indianapolis Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Community digital archive now available to anyone with an internet connection. Fruit of Islam Jacket by IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship on Sketchfab Curated by the IUPUI Center for Digital … Continue reading Indianapolis Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Community Digital Archive Is Published

The Transnational and Diasporic Future of African American Religions in the United States

In this article, published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Sylvester Johnson and I call forth a vision for the future study of African American religions in the United States by examining how transnational contact and diasporic consciousness have affected the past practice and are likely to affect the future practice of Christianity, Islam, and African-derived, Orisha-based … Continue reading The Transnational and Diasporic Future of African American Religions in the United States

The Forgotten History Behind Anti-Muslim Terrorism

In addition to anti-Black racism and anti-Semitism, one of the pillars of the contemporary global white terrorism movement is anti-Muslim hatred. That hatred is founded on a kind of forgetting, an historical erasure, which is a result of the assumption that Muslims are foreign to the West. Such forgetting leads to madness, the same madness that inspired Don Quixote to joust with windmills in a post-Reconquista … Continue reading The Forgotten History Behind Anti-Muslim Terrorism

Community Celebrates Efforts to End Anti-Muslim Discrimination

The IUPUI Religious Studies Department hosted the culminating event of the Community Competition to Prevent Islamophobia today. The presentations are summarized in this PowerPoint. Participants included Amy Guess and Kate Grabowski of Candles Holocaust Museum, Sajjad Jawad of Catholic Charities, Amina Dalal of the Islamic Society of North America’s youth community, Umaymah Mohammad and Ahmed Abbas of the Muslim Youth Collective, and Kristopher Steege and … Continue reading Community Celebrates Efforts to End Anti-Muslim Discrimination

Curtis wins Joseph T. Taylor Award for Diversity

Indianapolis — Accompanied by Imam Ismail Abdul-Aleem, Islamic Society of North America Secretary General Habibe Ali, Imam Michael Saahir, and Marion County Judge David Shaheed, Edward Curtis was awarded IUPUI’s Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity at the February symposium dedicated to the memory of the School of Liberal Arts’ first dean. Curtis was nominated for the award by Associate Dean of Engineering … Continue reading Curtis wins Joseph T. Taylor Award for Diversity

Muslim Messiahs? American Civil Religion and U.S. Military Service

In the post-9/11 era, the Muslim American service member, a walking contradiction to those who believe that Islam and America are polar opposites, has emerged as yet another sign of the nation’s ultimate significance. Muslim Americans are G.I. messiahs promised to redeem American nationalism and U.S. foreign policy. This blog post explores the religious meaning of fallen Muslim service members in U.S. nationalism. Read the … Continue reading Muslim Messiahs? American Civil Religion and U.S. Military Service

Curtis Wins Thomas Robbins Award

The Association for the Academic Study of New Religions has announced that Edward Curtis is the first prize winner of the 2017 Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religions for his article, “Science and Technology in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam: Astrophysical Disaster, Genetic Engineering, UFOs, White Apocalypse, and Black Resurrection,” in Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, … Continue reading Curtis Wins Thomas Robbins Award