Although a large number of recent immigrants to Minnesota are Muslim, Islam in the U.S. has a much longer history. First arriving via ships bringing sailors and black slaves from Africa, it later came through Syrian, Jordanian, and Lebanese immigrants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Great Migration of African Americans to the urban North saw an expansion of Islam, and Malcolm X and others sought its power in the struggle for civil rights. What is the image of “Muslim” in our post-9/11 world? Join a conversation offering greater knowledge and understanding about Islam and basic teachings of the Quran. Through dialogue based on mutual respect, dispel myths and stereotypes about “the Other” among both Muslims and Westerners, and help advance greater respect for diverse cultures and faiths.
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Articles and Websites
- Gundel, Joakim. "The Migration-Development Nexus: Somalia Case Study." International Migration 40, no. 5 (October 2, 2002): 255.
- New Americans in Minnesota: The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians
Videos and PodcastsUS Muslim Congressman Faces Reelection/ISIS
American voters say the fear of the Islamic State is one of their most important concerns in the upcoming mid-term elections. President Obama’s decision to attack the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the fact that some American Muslims have joined the IS fighters has put some Democratic candidates in a tough spot. It may have put Congressman Keith Ellison in a tougher spot than most. He is the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress.
More Somalis in Minnesota Turn to Islam NPR All Things Considered. July 9, 2006
- Cawo Abdi, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Sociology
- Kishwar Bayunus, former Council of Trustees Chair and Women’s Society President, current Muslim Women Speaker’s Bureau, Islamic Center of Minnesota, Policy Council member, Anoka/Washington Counties Head Start
- Aasimkore Shabazz, University of Minnesota graduate student
- Shakeer Abdullah, Assistant Vice President, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota
- Susan Gangl, Library Liaison for Classical Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
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