Curriculum

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith

Muslims are an important part of the social fabric of America. The following brief overview introduces audiences to basic facts about Muslims and their faith, as well as how American Muslims live their faith in a religiously diverse United States.

A History of Muslims in America

Muslims have been a part of U.S. history for centuries, but most Americans are unaware of this fact. Here we depict the substantial, documented presence of Muslims among enslaved Africans in the Americas, describe both the successive waves of immigration that have brought Muslims to our country from the 19th century on and the rediscovery of Islam among African Americans in the 20th century, and highlight notable American Muslims today.

Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Many different peoples and cultures have contributed to world civilization, and it is important to acknowledge all of them. Contributions made by Muslims, particularly those made during the Golden Age of Islam in medieval times, have often failed to be fully recognized and acknowledged. The slides below offer a small glimpse at some of this often-ignored history, including some of the areas where Muslims made significant contributions, including art, architecture, science, math, medicine, astronomy, chemistry, physics, navigation, geography, literature, and philosophy, among countless other fields.

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes

One of the most misunderstood areas in Islam is the topic of women. From misconceptions about women’s role and rights, to images of Muslim women covered in black from head to foot, this is a topic that is often stereotyped in public perceptions. This curriculum sheds light on common stereotypes about Muslim women, the history behind them, and strategies for dispelling them.