Books

You can purchase the books below at your favorite local bookseller, through the publisher, or at My Amazon Author’s Page.


“Draws on rich archival sources to create a vivid portrait… A fresh portrayal of American history and identity.” —Kirkus

This story of Syrian Muslims in Sioux Falls, Dearborn, Ross, Michigan City, and Cedar Rapids recreates what the Syrian Muslim Midwest looked, sounded, felt, and smelled like—from the allspice-seasoned lamb and rice shared in mosque basements to the sound of the trains on the Rock Island Line rolling past the dry goods store. It recovers a multicultural history of the American Midwest that cannot be ignored.


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“This critique of American politics connects the post–WW II struggles of black Muslim Americans to the post-9/11 struggles of ‘brown’ or ‘foreign’ Muslim Americans. Their persistent treatment as second-class citizens and exclusion from full membership in the US exposes ‘the rotten core of American democracy.’ (p. 3), as Curtis (Indiana Univ.) uncovers… Highly recommended.”     —Choice

“Curtis describes the challenges to liberalism and American empire that came through the forging of an Islamic liberation theology.Written by one of the leading scholars of Muslim history in the United States, this is an urgent book for our time.” –Junaid Rana                                        


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“This book should be read by anyone with an interest in American Islam. . . . It has been some time since I read an academic book that was so much fun while also being so informative. More than this, the book can be quite touching.”  —Journal of Islamic Studies

“Edward E. Curtis’ The Practice of Islam in America is a must read for anyone who wants to encounter Islam as a living and lived faith.” –John Esposito


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2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Finalist, 2015 American Academy of Religion Book Award for Excellence, Analytical-Descriptive Category

Curtis. . . makes a major contribution to the literature on Islamic and diaspora studies. –Lawrence Mamiya

“Essential reading for students of religion, Islam, and Africa.” —Religious Studies Review


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Library Journal “Best Reference Books of 2010”

Booklist/RBB Editors’ Choice Reference Source

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Top 40 Reference Books of 2010

Society of School Librarians International “Honor Book”


Best 100 Books of 2009, Publishers Weekly

“Highly recommended.” —Choice

“An accessible, succinct, and informative survey . . . useful, enjoyable, and ultimately engaging. It will be of great value . . . as a popular work [and] general resource.” —American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

“Curtis achieves his objective…a model of clarity on the details of the Muslim experience in America.” —Wilson Quarterly


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“Edward Curtis demonstrates yet again his superior command of the academic study of Muslims in and as part of ‘the West.'” –Juliane Hammer

“This superb reader documents how Muslims were an integral part of the history of the West, and how they continue to shape its present forms.” –Amir Hussain

“The Bloomsbury Reader on Islam in the West eschews the prevailing narratives of westernization that presume Islam is a foreign tradition in Europe and North America.” –Zareena Grewal


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“A groundbreaking and excellent study of the religious life of the Nation of Islam.” —American Historical Review

“A first-rate book with contemporary, transnational, and geopolitical relevance.” –William L. Van Deburg

“A fresh, new perspective on the Nation of Islam (NOI) by adopting a religious-studies approach. . . should become a standard text on this small but hotly debated religious movement. —Michigan Historical Review


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*Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 2008

*American Library Association’s Bridging Cultures Bookshelf 2012

“Exemplary… a valuable compilation of primary source material representing important contributions of Muslims in the United States.” —Review of Middle East Studies

“The first edited collection of primary sources written by American Muslims… Essential.” –Juliane Hammer


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“An impressive slender volume . . . [and] an excellent resource for scholars and students interested in African American religious and intellectual history.” —Journal of American History

“Curtis provides an effective paradigm to explore the history of African-American Islamic thought.” —Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“A fine reinterpretation . . . highly recommended.” —Choice


“This well-conceived book extends Fauset’s respect for religious differences and his laudable refusal to indulge in grand, but inaccurate generalities.”–Journal of American History

“A fresh, thoughtful look into African American religious communities outside of the Christian mainstream. . . a commendable collection.” —American Historical Review

“A reappraisal of how to study African American religions, which makes this volume a must for anyone interested in this field.” —Nova Religio


This is a splendid little book, and one hopes that it is widely read by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. —American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

It is my hope that Curtis’s book will not only be read by members of the military who are interested in or concerned about Muslims, but by American Muslims who are concerned about or interested in the military.  —Reading Religion

“A short but engaging history of Muslims in the US military from the US Civil War until today.” –Abdulkader Sinno