Muslims in America have been an integral part of the nation’s history since the 16th century, as revealed in this comprehensive exploration by an expert historian. The book, “Muslims in America,” uncovers the diverse lives of individuals, including African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, European, black, white, Hispanic, and others who have embraced Islam. Starting with the narrative of Job Ben Solomon, an 18th-century African American Muslim slave, the author traces the narratives of Muslims in various contexts, such as North Dakota sodbusters, African American converts in the 1920s, Muslim barkeepers in Toledo, and post-1965 professional immigrants from Asia and Africa.
The book skillfully portrays the richness of Islamic theology, ethics, and rituals in the United States, emphasizing how the Islamic faith has been woven into the fabric of everyday life for countless individuals. “Muslims in America” not only recovers the place of Muslims in the broader American narrative but also explores their active participation and influence in key historical movements, from the abolition movement to the Great Migration of African Americans, urbanization, religious revivalism, and the contemporary war on terror. This single-author history addresses a significant gap, providing essential background on one of the least understood groups in the United States, showcasing the dynamic and enduring presence of Muslims throughout American history.