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Selected Readings
  • Anway, Carol L. Daughters of Another Path: Experiences of American Women Choosing Islam. Lee's Summit, MO: Yawna Publications, 1996.
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The Mosque in America: A National Portrait. Washington: 2001
  • Eck, Diana L. "American Muslims." In: A New Religious America. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. pp. 222-293.
  • Esposito, John L. Islam: The Straight Path. 3d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, ed. The Muslims of America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck and Esposito, John, eds. Muslims on the Americanization Path? Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1998.
  • Hasan, Asma Gull. American Muslims: The New Generation. New York: Continuum, 2000.
  • Nyang, Sulayman S. Islam in the United States of America. Chicago: ABC International Group, 1999.
  • Smith, Jane E. Islam in America. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.
Selected Internet Sites
  • Islam in the United States
    Source of official U.S. government texts related to Muslim Americans. The site includes a photo essay on American mosques as well as links to electronic publications, academic programs, and articles.
  • Islamic Finder
    A comprehensive database of Islamic centers, masjids, and other organizations in the United States. Searchable by zip code and state, it also provides a local area prayer schedule.
  • Islamic School Addresses in North America
    Arranged by state and region, this directory provides contact information for secondary and elementary Islamic schools in the United States and Canada.
  • Pluralism Project
    Developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University, the Pluralism Project studies and documents the growing religious diversity of the United States. Important features of this page include an extensive list of links to governmental, advocacy, educational resources; a searchable directory of religious centers; and abstracts of current newspaper articles.
  • Project MAPS (Muslims in the American Public Square)
    This major research study of Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding examines the "role and contribution of the Muslim community in American public life."
Selected Nongovernmental Organizations
  • American Moslem Foundation
    The AMF, a non-profit charitable organization, assists American Muslims, recent immigrants, and their children "achieve a balanced lifestyle" in their adopted homeland. The foundation also works to preserve their cultural and religious heritage, create a sense of community within this diverse group, and educate American citizens about Islam.
  • American Muslim Alliance
    The main goal of the alliance is to encourage the participation of American Muslims in public affairs, civic discourse, and party politics throughout the United States. Activities include voter registration, political education and leadership training, candidate support, and coalition-building. Along with the American Muslim Council, CAIR, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the alliance is a member of the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council.
  • American Muslim Council
    The American Muslim Council was established in 1990 to increase the effective participation of American Muslims in the U.S. political and public policy arenas. The group has initiated several events marking the entrance of Islam into mainstream American culture and holds regular voter registration drives to mobilize the American Muslim community.
  • CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations
    This nonprofit, grassroots membership organization was established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. In pursuit of its mission CAIR organizes press conferences, sponsors media conferences and seminars, publishes reports and handbooks, and issues action alerts to local communities.
  • Council of American Muslim Professionals
    "A unified community of professional American Muslims from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds," CAMP provides opportunities for networking, conducts educational activities, promotes political activism, and organizes community service activities.
  • Council on Islamic Education
    Composed of a diverse body of scholars of history, religion, education, and related disciplines, the council works with the American educational community to cover the social sciences in a balanced, comprehensive, and sensitive manner. The council's activities include sponsoring conferences and workshops, preparing publications and teaching units, offering guest speakers to K-12 and university classes, and hosting international scholars, officials, and dignitaries.
  • Islamic Institute
    Founded in 1998, this institute's goals focus on creating a better understanding between the Muslim community and American political leaders. The group works to promote an Islamic perspective on domestic issues, enhance the Muslim community's input in the decision-making process, increase American Muslim participation in elections, and introduce traditional American values to the Muslim community.
  • Islamic Society of North America
    ISNA is an "association of Muslim organizations and individuals that serve the diverse needs of Muslims in North America." Seeking to foster unity among Muslims, its activities include support for better schools, stronger da'wah (missionary) programs, organized community centers, and other Islamic programs.
  • Muslim Military Members
    This is a loosely organized association of Muslims serving in the American armed forces around the world. The Web site is hosted by the Islamic Information Office of Hawaii and serves as a means of keeping its members informed of different events, resources, and news items.
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a "public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives." MPAC organizes special events to promote interaction between Muslims and community leaders, participates in political conventions, and serves as an information resource for government officials and the media.
  • Muslim Student Network
    "Each year, the Muslim Student Network hosts an eight-week summer internship program in Washington, DC, designed to help American Muslims become more active in the political process. Students are chosen from throughout the United States on a highly competitive basis. The diversity of the student participants reflects the diversity of the Muslim population in the United States. The program is the first of its kind in the United States."
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