WISH-TV Coverage of Arab Indianapolis

By Katiera Winfrey (@Katiera_Winfrey), WISH-TV, Jun 6, 2022: Lucas Oil Stadium sits near Capital and South Street now, but 120 years ago, it was home to one of Indy’s first Arabic-speaking communities. An IUPUI professor is leading efforts to bring that history to light with a new book and documentary. In the early 1900s, not too far from Peyton Manning’s statute, sat the entrance of … Continue reading WISH-TV Coverage of Arab Indianapolis

Revised Edition of Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History

The Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History was published originally as a two-volume set from Facts on File in 2010. The revised edition appeared in 2022 as part of Infobase’s K-12 and higher education electronic resources for use in schools, colleges, and libraries; it features dozens of revised entries as well as new content on comics, Michigan City, Humayun Khan, Shahid Khan, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Ilhan Omar, Linda … Continue reading Revised Edition of Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History

Historical Consulting and On-Air Work for Muslim Road Trip

The Great Muslim American Road Trip is a three-part series that airs nationally on PBS in July, 2022. I consulted on historical content with Alex Kronemer, the show’s director; appeared as on-air talent, mostly in the first episode; and then reviewed the historical accuracy of each episode of the series. You can see all of them on PBS. Continue reading Historical Consulting and On-Air Work for Muslim Road Trip

Arab Indianapolis Documentary Now Streaming

The documentary, “Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History,” debuted on WFYI-Indianapolis on June 16. PBS affiliates in Muncie, South Bend, and Evansville will also broadcast the film over the next few months, and continue to stream on PBS for several years. It was underwritten by the Arab Indianapolis Foundation, Inc., and Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and produced by Fisher … Continue reading Arab Indianapolis Documentary Now Streaming

Heartland Muslim Book Tour

Hear a talk or attend a book signing for Edward E. Curtis IV, Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest September 29, 2021 Chicago, Illinois (Virtual) American Islamic College Oct. 16, 2021 Michigan City, Indiana Public Library, 7:30   Oct. 27, 2021 Evanston, Illinois (Virtual) Northwestern University, 6PM Jan. 20, 2022 Indianapolis, Indiana (Virtual) Indiana Historical Society, 5:30PM … Continue reading Heartland Muslim Book Tour

Arab Indianapolis Book of Stories & Photographs

An accessible, intimate look at the oft-neglected history of Arab Americans in Greater Indianapolis who have made a remarkable impact on the region since the late 1800s. Order here or at your favorite local book store. From establishing local businesses to working in the fields of health care and education, Arab Americans have made indelible contributions to the cultural vitality, economic growth, and social fabric … Continue reading Arab Indianapolis Book of Stories & Photographs

$250,000 Grant to Prevent Discrimination against Africana Religions

I am proud to join Professors Danielle Boaz (UNC Charlotte) and Youssef Carter (UNC Chapel Hill) as co-principal investigator in a multi-year project, funded by the Religion and Theology Program of the Henry Luce Foundation, that amplifies community efforts to prevent discrimination and violence against practitioners of Africana religions. The first stage will engage practitioners of African ancestral religions such as Lucumí (Santeria), Candomblé, Obeah, … Continue reading $250,000 Grant to Prevent Discrimination against Africana Religions

New Arab Indianapolis Heritage Trail

Take a Self-Guided Tour of the Sites along the Arab Indianapolis Heritage Trail! Click on this link to Clio.Com. The Arab Indianapolis Heritage Trail there will give you directions to each stop along the route and tell you why the site is important. It is possible to walk from the Historic Syrian Quarter to Monument Circle, the Indiana War Memorials, Mass Ave, and the Indiana … Continue reading New Arab Indianapolis Heritage Trail

Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest

The American Midwest is often thought of as uniformly white, and shaped exclusively by Christian values. However, this view of the region as an unvarying landscape fails to consider a significant community at its very heart. Muslims of the Heartland uncovers the long history of Muslims in a part of the country where many readers would not expect to find them. Edward E. Curtis IV, … Continue reading Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest