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Africa: America's Extensive Islamic Heritage Detailed in Exhibitions
allafrica.com ^ | 10 August 2007 | Jeffrey Thomas

Posted on 08/10/2007 7:14:02 PM PDT by Pharmboy

United States Department of State (Washington, DC)

Washington, DC

Some years ago, Amir Muhammad began researching his family's roots without any thought that it might lead him to America's little-known Islamic heritage. Until then, he assumed that most American Muslims arrived in the 20th century, and he was unaware of any Islamic connection in his own family prior to his personal acceptance of Islam 35 years ago.

But Muhammad discovered he does have Muslim ancestors, as do many African Americans and Native Americans, and that the story of Islam in America reaches back much further than most people imagine.

In 1996, he established the nonprofit organization Collections & Stories of American Muslims (CSAM), of which he is president and curator. His goal is to uncover and preserve America's Islamic heritage and to create a greater awareness of the Islamic experience in America.

CSAM exhibitions have been displayed at universities, public libraries and community centers in the United States and abroad, including the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, located in Washington. Muhammad is seeking a building to house his collection.

Muhammad begins his account of America's Islamic heritage with Moors fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. One of them was Estevanico, a Moor born in North Africa, who accompanied Spanish explorers in 1527 to what would become the Southwestern United States.

Slavery enters the story of Islam in America with the early European settlement. One of the myths Muhammad seeks to dispel is that enslaved Africans brought by the settlers had no organized religion and could not read or write.

He cites the story of Ayuba (Job) Suleiman Diallo, who was captured in 1730 in The Gambia and brought to Annapolis, Maryland, where he was sold into slavery. Diallo wrote a letter in Arabic to his father, according to Muhammad. The letter came to the attention of James Oglethorpe, the founder of the U.S. state Georgia, who helped buy Diallo's freedom. Oglethorpe sent him to London and then back to his homeland to work for the Royal African Company of London. While in London, Diallo wrote down in Arabic three copies of the Quran from memory.

The CSAM exhibition includes four Quranic suras written in Arabic by a man named Charno in 1768, petitions written in Arabic by South Carolina Muslims seeking their freedom in 1753 and 1790, and photos of a diary in Arabic kept by a man named Ben Ali around 1829. Sources from the 17th and 18th centuries often refer to African Americans as Muslims, or as bearing Muslim names, or as practicing the Islamic faith. Muhammad notes that many early American Muslims had engraved on their tombstones a hand with one finger pointing up as the Islamic symbol of God's oneness, and their tombstones were facing toward Makkah.

In every war the United States has fought, Muslims have played a role. Two Muslims who fought with distinction in the American Revolutionary War, Peter Salem and Salem Poor, have been honored on U.S. postage stamps.

Muhammad also has found records of 292 U.S. Civil War veterans with Islamic names who fought for the Union and more than 5,200 American Muslims who served in World War I.

By the later 19th century and early 20th century, Muslim immigrants were arriving in America from Yemen, Albania, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, India and Poland. In 1899, Syrian immigrants in Ross, North Dakota, established what may have been the first Muslim place of worship in America. But the "first effective mosque in North America" was built by Albanian Muslims in Biddeford, Maine, in 1915, according to Muhammad.

He says that as a Muslim, he has found the stories that he uncovered inspiring. American Muslims from various backgrounds "kept their faith no matter how bad things were," he said during a presentation at the State Department August 9.

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"Muslims and Islam have been a part of the American fabric for centuries," he said. "It is part of the many threads of culture, colors, religions and lifestyles that make up the American pluralistic quilt."

Muhammad has written several books, including America's Masajid and Islamic Centers: A Pictorial Account, Muslims in America: 7 Centuries of History, People of Color in Pre-Islamic and Islamic History and Contributions of Muslims to the World.

(USINFO is produced by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)


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KEYWORDS: islamcandonowrong; islamisgreat; islamoganda; muslimamericans; roguestatedept; statedept; statedeptsucks
Your great State Dept at work...paid for by YOU (makes you proud, don't it?

While I am certain that Islamo-Americans have contributed to this great country in times of war and in times of peace, I would like to hear the greater Islamic-American community condemn the nutcases who are attempting to destroy this country. Otherwise, all you Islamists can STFU. Thank yew...

1 posted on 08/10/2007 7:14:06 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: blam; SunkenCiv; weegee; wagglebee; Coleus; aculeus; thefactor

Have a gander at this, won’t ya...


2 posted on 08/10/2007 7:20:10 PM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: Pharmboy
Too bad there are no bold Muslims today like the ones in North Africa who helped finance the Revolutionary War (thanks to some smooth salesmanship by Jefferson) or in Morocco who were the first country to recognize the US.

Instead of culturally growing, they’ve regressed back to the 12th Century.

3 posted on 08/10/2007 7:22:40 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: Pharmboy

Are there any books which HONESTLY portray the history of Islam in the United States?


4 posted on 08/10/2007 7:23:35 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Pharmboy

Disgusting.


5 posted on 08/10/2007 7:23:37 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: Pharmboy

Innerestin’


6 posted on 08/10/2007 7:24:40 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: aculeus
This is truly unbelievable. Our own State Dept. is trying to tell us how wonderful this death cult really is. You just can't make this stuff up.

Nothing tells us so eloquently that we should fire EVERYONE at State and start ALL OVER AGAIN.

7 posted on 08/10/2007 7:27:35 PM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Have a look at this, friend...


8 posted on 08/10/2007 7:29:20 PM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: Pharmboy

> Nothing tells us so eloquently that we should fire
> EVERYONE at State and start ALL OVER AGAIN.

Right after 9-11, when Condi was still NSA director, she held a press conference where one featherbrained reporter asked her how she could say we were at war.

She told the squishy drooler that maybe he needed to watch the videos of the planes crashing into the buildings again.

Methinks Condi should take her own advice.

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, I ever needed to know about Islam, I learned on 9-11.


9 posted on 08/10/2007 7:33:13 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: Pharmboy

Well, after all, we must appease these cretins; otherwise, they might get upset and attack us (Twin Towers not withstanding). /s


10 posted on 08/10/2007 7:33:36 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Pharmboy
Slavery enters the story of Islam in America with the early European settlement. One of the myths Muhammad seeks to dispel is that enslaved Africans brought by the settlers had no organized religion and could not read or write.

He cites the story of Ayuba (Job) Suleiman Diallo, who was captured in 1730 in The Gambia and brought to Annapolis, Maryland, where he was sold into slavery. Diallo wrote a letter in Arabic to his father, according to Muhammad. The letter came to the attention of James Oglethorpe, the founder of the U.S. state Georgia, who helped buy Diallo's freedom. Oglethorpe sent him to London and then back to his homeland to work for the Royal African Company of London. While in London, Diallo wrote down in Arabic three copies of the Quran from memory.

The plain truth is that most were illiterate by no fault of their own. This guy claims to dispel a myth by citing one example. This just another example of a positive stereotype being perpetrated without any real supporting evidence.

11 posted on 08/10/2007 7:34:39 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Democrat's Support Of The Military: "Invincible In Peace-Invisible In War")
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To: Pharmboy
**One of them was Estevanico, a Moor born in North Africa,**

Who treated the Indians so badly they finally killed him.

But wait. I read that Estavan was born in Spain. He also sent back crosses to Frey Marcos de Niza, a small one for “not much ahead” or a large one for “A great find ahead.”

After Estevan’s death Marcos came back to Mexico with the tale of the LOST GOLD CITIES OF CIBOLA he had seen shining way ahead. Liar.

12 posted on 08/10/2007 7:36:43 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Ever see WILLIS SHAW backwards in your rear view mirror? I have!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Those muslims in Africa who were brought to the US probably owned slaves of their own in Africa.

The great geographer Ibn Batuta was himself a slave dealer,
which is how he financed his travels. When he returned from North Africa, he brought 700 male slaves with him.

Slavery—perpetrated by muslims—still exists in parts of North Africa, Arabia, and the Gulf.

When someone writes the history of slavery, he should include ALL of the slave traders and dealers, not just
the European ones.


13 posted on 08/10/2007 7:55:09 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Pharmboy

“While I am certain that Islamo-Americans have contributed to this great country in times of war and in times of peace, I would like to hear the greater Islamic-American community condemn the nutcases who are attempting to destroy this country. Otherwise, all you Islamists can STFU. Thank yew...”

Thanks : )


14 posted on 08/10/2007 8:02:15 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Pharmboy

Quel Shi’ite!


15 posted on 08/10/2007 8:08:51 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: CondorFlight

> When someone writes the history of slavery, he should
> include ALL of the slave traders and dealers, not just
> the European ones.

Yes, and it’s important that they include the treatment of the slaves by the respective civilizations.

The Europeans didn’t make their slaves eunuchs, neither did they take them so as to be part of their harim, nor did they saw their heads off for disobedience and rebellion.

As savage as the early Europeans could be, they could not match the mindless cruelty, the barbaric inhumanity, exhibited by Mahomet’s spawn.

And while the Christian Faith, once it’s source book The Bible became available to the common man, fostered the Reformation and the Enlightenment, from which we obtain our civilized and humane value system today, those who adhere most closely to the demonic babblings of the pedophilic pirate Mahomet, become all the more determined only to grow in their violence and cruelty.


16 posted on 08/10/2007 8:09:19 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: Pharmboy
Africa: America's Extensive Islamic Heritage Detailed in Exhibitions

Criminy...this is like a bad flashback to The Cold War.

When Soviet publications claimed that they'd invented everything
under the sun.

That's a major sign of a culture/system that really sucks and
desperately needs to convince themselves (and the rest of the world)
of their suppossed superiority.
17 posted on 08/10/2007 8:15:02 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA

In a few more years, we’ll have school history books telling us how everything that’s successful about America is due to it’s Muslim heritage.


18 posted on 08/10/2007 8:27:22 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Pharmboy

When I first read this I thought the CSAM was pretty accurate, because I mitakenly read it as SCAM. Now I’ve adopted the theory they just misnamed the effort and I was much closer to the truth on my first pass.

There seems to be some kind of whacked out effort to convince Blacks and others in this nation, that all slaves brought to the US were from Moslem areas of Africa. It’s my understanding that most of the slaves came from parts of Africa where Santeria (or percursors of it) and other tribal forms of beliefs were in practice. As I understand it witch doctors were about as close to a religious experience most of the slaves came to before being caputured and shipped out.

Does anyone have anything to offer along these lines? Is my understanding of this incorrect?


19 posted on 08/10/2007 8:54:56 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: aculeus

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

We’re not that far away...

ISLAM IS AMERICA


20 posted on 08/10/2007 9:03:56 PM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: All
Here's the link to the State Dept. original...

Hard to believe, eh??

21 posted on 08/10/2007 9:14:27 PM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: Pharmboy; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Thanks Pharmboy, almost GGG pingworthy, interesting regardless.


22 posted on 08/10/2007 10:03:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, August 9, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Pharmboy
While in London, Diallo wrote down in Arabic three copies of the Quran from memory...

WoW! One needs to be a muslim to swallow that bunkum, at best he wrote one, numbers two and three would have been copies of the first.

This entire article suggests that the author is a naive junior with a very limited grasp of history...and your State Department looks thoroughly stupid as a result.

23 posted on 08/11/2007 12:23:16 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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To: Pharmboy
from your link to the State Dept. original:

A Charno Arabic letter done in 1768 (Collections & Stories of American Muslims)

Surely the author meant to write ...letter written in Arabic in 1768...?

A photo of Ayuba (Job) Suleiman Diallo (Collections & Stories of American Muslims)

Captured in 1730 and someone took his photograph? Who writes this shiite? Oh never mind...

24 posted on 08/11/2007 12:37:04 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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To: Westbrook; doc1019
Condoleeza Rice is the epitome of appeasement. It is at the point where the mere mention of her name makes me want to hurl.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

25 posted on 08/11/2007 12:50:54 AM PDT by expatguy (Support - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: SunkenCiv
Some years ago, Amir Muhammad began researching his family's roots without any thought that it might lead him to America's little-known Islamic heritage. Until then, he assumed that most American Muslims arrived in the 20th century, and he was unaware of any Islamic connection in his own family prior to his personal acceptance of Islam 35 years ago.

I take it this fellow never saw the miniseries "Roots." Kunta Kinte was Moslem, after all, and he was supposed to have lived at the time of the American Revolution.


26 posted on 08/11/2007 4:52:08 AM PDT by Berosus ("The candidates that can't face Fox News can't face Al Qaeda."--Roger Ailes)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

You are quite welcome, SJB, as I think I speak for the majority of Freepers with the sentiments expressed.


27 posted on 08/11/2007 6:17:42 AM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: Berosus

:’) And Amir should note also that Moslems ran most of the African slave trade, and still do.


28 posted on 08/11/2007 7:36:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, August 9, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: T.L.Sink; F15Eagle; Salem; goldstategop; American in Israel; M. Espinola; Yehuda; Nachum; ...

GAG! Get a load of this - ping!


29 posted on 08/13/2007 4:53:16 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Hunter and Tancredo in '08! La Raza - the PLO of the Western Hemisphere)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

What nonsense. This drivel is just another attempt to turn legend, invention, and folk-mythology into PC “history”. I especially like the part where the Moor sailed with the Spaniards - who had just completed the reconquista in 1492 by expelling the Moors and restoring Christianity after Aragon and Castille were united under Ferdinand and Isabella. The only way a Moorish arch enemy of Spain would sail with them would be as a galley slave. I suppose we havn’t heard the part where Cardinal Ximenes was also a closet Moor! But today slavery is alive ONLY in Muslim cultures - as in Sudan and Mauritania.


30 posted on 08/14/2007 1:45:42 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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