Students: Precious Muhammad

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Students: Precious Muhammad 2017-05-18T16:48:03-07:00
Precious MuhammadPrecious Rasheeda Muhammad is an independent scholar of Islam in America, known for her ability to educate audiences of diverse racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds about America’s unique Islamic heritage, and for her ability to inspire the building of community – across seemingly intractable racial, religious and cultural divides – through a deeper understanding of this history. She is widely recognized for her original research contributions to the study of Islam’s history in America, including her discovery of the 224-page autobiography of an African of Muslim heritage who served in the American Civil War, her Presidential Engagement with Muslim Communities exhibit for the U.S. Department of State, and her Muslims and the Making of America special report published by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Precious’ writing and reflections have been featured on, National Public Radio, at the Smithsonian, and in classrooms around the country, to name a few. Publishers Weekly describes Precious’ chapter, “To Be Young, Gifted, Black, American, Muslim, and Woman,” in the book Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak, as one of the “best” and “most absorbing essays” in an anthology that “opens the door for other writers to explore the important and understudied topic of Muslim American women.” Dedicated to “building community through history,” and striving for peace among the religions, Precious works with people from around the world, including her significant role in planning, and on the ground implementation of, the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne, Australia.