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History of Muslims in the United States

black muslims in 1960s USA

"During the transatlantic slave trade, enslaved Muslims were brought from North and West Africa to what would become the United States. Many of these African Muslims were literate in Arabic. Even in the face of formative obstacles, enslaved people and their descendants continued to observe their faith and to adapt Islamic and Islamically influenced practices in the United States...." – By Yasmine Flodin-Ali

Muslim Cinema in North America

Raz Ahmed

"In the early 21st century, a growing number of Muslim storytellers have written, directed, and produced feature films and television series about their respective communities in North America. Falling under the umbrella of Muslim Diasporic Cinema, these stories settle somewhere between the longing to flee from the essentialized binary identities of immigrant/native, religious/secular, etc., and the desire to claim the performance of a continuously shifting and politically charged Islamic identity... – By Irum Shiekh

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