“Muslim Journeys,” a series of educational events examining the complex history and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world, will continue at Monmouth College on Feb. 11.
“Islam, an Old American Religion: The Long Journey from 17th/18th-Century Africa to 21st-Century U.S. Cities,” will be presented by Monmouth College professor Petra Kuppinger at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, located on the lower level of Hewes Library. Admission is free.
Kuppinger’s presentation will chronicle the arrival and dynamic existence of Islam in the U.S., from Muslim Africans forced into slavery to contemporary Muslim communities. Special focus will be given to the difficult period of Muslim religious practices during the era of slavery and the first decades afterward.
The second part of Kuppinger’s presentation will focus on “new” Muslim movements (e.g. the Nation of Islam) in the early 20th century, and the large-scale influx of Muslim immigrants beginning in the 1960s. A central question in the discussion of American Islam is whether or not the two historical experiences (Islam as a slave religion and 20th-century Muslim movements and communities) are connected.
Developed to promote the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf ¬– a collection of books, films and other resources recently awarded the college’s Hewes Library through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association – the series will continue on March 27.