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Our Muslim Story/Muslim Contributions

Featuring a diverse set of American Muslims from a wide range of ethnic and national origins speaking directly to their own respective experiences, the series illuminates the existing complexity and diversity of America’s 3.3 million Muslims, while pointing to a common shared humanity. The first season has been viewed more than 56 million times in our effort to contribute to a dialogue of tolerance and peace in contentious times.

  • Nadia’s Ramadan - UPF This 10-minute film tells the story of a young girl going through a day of fasting and celebration in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Shown in over 5000 elementary schools nationwide. Produced by Unity Productions Foundation and distributed by PBS Learning Media. 
  • The Muslim American Story is a diverse, complex and long one – spanning over 400 years in the Americas. www.ILMuslimCivicCoalition.Org
  • The Secret History of Muslims in the U.S. (NYT)

Muslims have been here since the time of the earliest explorers and have left their mark on everything from the White House to the Marine Corps uniform. Muslims arrived with Columbus and have been leaving their mark on American culture and society ever since. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was based on an Egyptian Muslim woman and that two of the oldest mosques in the United States are in Ross, N.D., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa? In the video above, we explain many other ways Muslim history is tightly woven into American life.

By Hussein Rashid, Negin Farsad and Joshua Seftel