Imam Yasin Dwyer’s Reading List on the History of Muslims in the West

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Imam Yasin Dwyer— chaplain at Queen’s University— gave a fascinating lecture on the history of Muslims in the West as part of the MSA’s Islam Awareness Week 2016. Here is a list of reading recommendations from the Imam himself if you’re interested in exploring further.

  • Ivan Van Sertima, Golden Age of the Moor
  • Ivan Van Sertima, They Came Before Columbus
  • Allan D. Austin, African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles*
  • Sylviane Diouf, Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas*
  • Omar Ibn Said & Ala Alryyes, A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said
  • Sherman Jackson, Islam and the Blackamerican*
  • Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X*
  • Barry Fell, Saga America
  • Abdullah Hakim Quick, Deeper Roots (Imam Yasin: “This is the best book to start with.”)
  • Salma Khadra Jayyusi, The Legacy of Muslim Spain*
  • Manuela Marin, The Formation of Al-Andalus: History and Society
  • S.E. Al-Djaziri, The Hidden Debt to Islamic Civilization
  • Edward Curtis, Muslims in America: A Short History

*Available in Leddy Library

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