This is the homepage of the American Society for Muslim Advancement ("The ASMA Society"). This non-profit organisation was established in 1997 to increase awareness of Islam and to encourage interfaith dialogue and collaboration. It is based in New York and directed by Daisy Khan. This website informs the public about their range of activities and of recent news and events. It contains numerous resources which those seeking a better understanding of Islam would find interesting and user-friendly. These include brief description of issues like Islamic Creed and Rituals; Interfaith Dialogue; Women in Islam; Abrahamic Ethics; and Islamic Culture and Arts. Other available resources include: academic articles and opinions; audio recordings of khutbahs (sermons) and talks; written reports and video recordings of conferences; an annotated bibliography of relevant books; press releases; the society's newsletters; and a list of FAQs on Islam.
This website allows readers to access the full-text of 'Being Muslim in America', a book published in March 2009 by the US Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs. This 67-page work is presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded from the site. The book gives a lively and richly illustrated overview of what it is like to be Muslim in the United States. After an introduction by Eboo Patel, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, the work provides a historical account and a statistical potrait of the extraordinary mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, ideological, social, economic and religious groups that characterise American Muslims today. These are accompanied by the profiles of successful young Muslims from diverse fields; the history of a number of mosques; and timelines of Muslim-related events in US history from 1619 to 1935 and from 1957 to 2007.
This is the project homepage of 'Framing Muslims', an AHRC-funded initiative based at the University of East London and led by Dr Peter Morey, Reader in Literature in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies. This international and inter-disciplinary project aims to study the depiction (including self-depiction) of Muslims in political, legal, public and media discourses in the West and how these might be challenged and circumvented in the future. This website contains: information about the project and past and forthcoming events; links to relevant 'Hot Topics'; podcasts; commentaries; and a list of print-based publications on the areas under study. There are also links to the homepages of relevant organisations. A search engine is available.
This is the homepage of the Islam in the West (IIW) program based at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). The program seeks to investigate the religious and socio-political situations of Muslims in the Western world, and the relationships of these communities with the wider Islamic ummah (community). This website provides information about the research and projects they undertake; works they publish (e.g. the Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States); and news of forthcoming events and workshops. Visitors can listen to audio recordings of lectures delivered at the seminar series they organise. The site also offers links to other relevant websites. A search engine is provided.
Mohsin Hamid is a contemporary writer whose novels 'Moth Smoke' (2000) and 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' (2007) are considered to be critically acclaimed international best-sellers. The online resource Mohsin Hamid is the author's official website, and it has been created and administered by the writer himself. It includes a very brief biographical note, bibliographical information, full texts of interviews with the writer, his articles, and reviews of his books. Originally from Pakistan, Hamid had spent 15 years in the USA before he moved to London in 2001. He is thus regarded as a representative of both American and British literary tradition, including postcolonial literature. Hamid's works tackle important questions of national and cultural identity, subjectivity, representations of history, religion and tradition, as well as tease out contemporary novelistic approaches to characterization and narration. He has also published widely on a variety of political and cultural topics, his articles appearing: in The New York Times; The Independent; The Washington Post; and Time Magazine (international editions). The Web page Mohsin Hamid is an easy to navigate, reliable, and well-maintained resource. It may be of interest to students of American and British literature, researchers and general readers.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream'. The report was commissioned by the Pew Research Center and was published in 2007. It was led by Scott Keeter and aimed to gather information on the demographics, attitudes and experiences of Muslims in America. The results are presented under the following chapter headings: How many Muslims are there in the United States?; Who are the Muslim Americans? A demographic potrait; Religious belief and practice; The Muslim experience: identity, assimilation and community; The Muslim experience: challenges, worries and problems; Political and social values; Foreign policy, terrorism, and concerns about extremism; and Survey methodology. The report is presented in PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.
The Nawawi Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution set up in 2000 to provide Islamic teachings to America's first and second generation Muslims. It was named after the renowned Muslim scholar Imam Nawawi (1234-1278). The institution is based in Illinois, USA and is chaired by Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah. This website informs visitors of: their mission; the courses on offer; the educational tours abroad which they organise (including the umrah i.e. a non-obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca); and the programs they sponsor. Of particular interest to scholars of Islam is the small collection of articles written by Dr Abd-Allah, a few of which are also available in Spanish. Visitors can join their mailing list from here.
Unlike many other resources on religious trends within the United States which focused specifically on the Judeo-Christian tradition, The Pluralism Project, directed by Diana Eck at Harvard University, seeks to consider and evaluate the growing diversity in religious expression found across the nation. A variety of textual resources are made available through this site including: a series of scholarly articles; directories of religious centres; and a series of excellent bibliographies and guidelines for conducting contemporary research on religious denominations, applicable to research on religious pluralism in both North America and Europe. There is a link advertising the project's CD-ROM On Common Ground: World Religions in America, (Second Edition). An interesting sub-set of this project is World Religions in Boston, which describes the variety of religious expression and interaction all within one major American city, and can be downloaded or viewed on the web. Unfortunately, the site lacks any extensive demographic material on religious growth and developments.
The official website of Tariq Ramadan, a well-known European Muslim scholar and public intellectual, provides information on Ramadan and his work as well as other articles and resources related to Islam and Muslims in the West. The site includes: a brief biography; recent and upcoming events listings; descriptions and reviews of Ramadan's books; links to a large number of his articles in academic and mainstream journals; and a good number of audio and video files of Ramadan's lectures, debates and media appearances. It also includes articles by other authors about Ramadan or about issues related to Islam in the West. Although the focus of the site is on the political, intellectual and social questions related to the presence of Muslim populations in Europe and the United States, the site also includes a 'spirituality' section that focuses more on religious questions. This will be a useful source for students and researchers at all levels with an interest in contemporary Islam in Europe and the United States.