Talking Muslim American History on Nebraska Public Radio

The story of Black Muslims in the U.S. is as old as the story of its founding. But much of it is forgotten– a lapse that can make room for falsehoods and fear. Some in Omaha are working to weave the stories together again and spark discussion…

“Oftentimes enslaved African Americans aren’t thought of as being educated people,” said Dr. Edward Curtis, a professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. “But in fact some of these enslaved Muslims were more highly educated than the people who owned them. They could read and write, generally in Arabic, and they could speak several different languages.”

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