Indianapolis’ Homegrown Islam: The Moorish Science Temple of America

Originally posted on Invisible Indianapolis:
This week’s post comes to us from Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Edward E. Curtis IV In May, 1939 the Moorish Science Temple advertised a Decoration Day (Memorial Day) dance in the Indianapolis Knights of Pythias Hall (click for an expanded view). In the 1930s… Continue reading Indianapolis’ Homegrown Islam: The Moorish Science Temple of America

My Op-Ed on Muslim Veterans in the “Detroit News”

Originally published in The Detroit News, Nov. 10, 2016: Pvt. Omer Otmen’s Company K was ordered to join the first wave of the 360th Infantry’s attack against German forces, including the division called the “Kaiser’s favorites.” This was part of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the U.S. military’s most important campaign in World War I. Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing led over a million troops in … Continue reading My Op-Ed on Muslim Veterans in the “Detroit News”

Curtis to Gingrich: Sharia is not what you think

Originally published in the Indianapolis Star, July 18, 2016: “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich declared during a recent television program. “And if they believe in Sharia they should be deported.” On the one hand, it is difficult to believe that Gingrich really means what he says. This kind of religious … Continue reading Curtis to Gingrich: Sharia is not what you think

Ed Linenthal & Edward Curtis in “Journal of American History” Podcast on Malcolm X

In the December 2015 installment of the Journal of American History Podcast, Ed Linenthal speaks with Edward E. Curtis IV, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). They discuss his article appearing in the upcoming December 2015 issue of the JAH, “‘My Heart Is in Cairo’: Malcolm X, the Arab Cold War, and the Making of Islamic Liberation Ethics.” (35 minutes). Listen … Continue reading Ed Linenthal & Edward Curtis in “Journal of American History” Podcast on Malcolm X