Islam has been a part of the United States since its founding. From the devotions of enslaved Muslims to the writings of West African travelers, Islam has touched America in myriad ways. And with the change in the nation's immigration laws after 1965, this influence has become even more substantial. Muslims now find representation in nearly every sphere of America's culture and political life, and vibrant Islamic communities can now be found in nearly every major city. The items in this collection approach Islam's influence upon America from a number of angles. Each documents the presence of Muslim actors or Islamic themes in American art, literature, history or culture. All of them, however, document Islam's longstanding impact upon America's Heartland.
John J. Cooney, Jeffrey Dodge, Joshua Phillippe, and Erik Woodworth, Ivy Tech Community College.