Edward E. Curtis, IV

Edward E. Curtis, IV, is the Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies
Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI (Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis) Edward Curtis’ books on Islam and Muslims in the United States and the African Diaspora have been called  “essential,” “exemplary,” “approachable,” “groundbreaking,” “must-read,” “wonderful,” and “a model of clarity.”  His Muslims in America: A Short History (Oxford, 2009) was named one of the best 100 books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly, and his two-volume Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History was deemed one of the “best reference works of 2010” by Library Journal. Curtis is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the American Academy of Religion, and the National Humanities Center. Along with Sylvester Johnson, he is also founding co-editor of the Journal of Africana Religions.

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For the past fifteen years I have tried to teach about Islam as a religiously diverse tradition practiced by communities around the globe. I have done so in hopes that my students would be able to imagine Islam as a complicated phenomenon beyond either Islamophobia or Islamophilia. Sometimes, it is ...

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