Muslims in American Popular Culture

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Anne R. Richards/Kennesaw State University; Iraj Omidvar/Southern Polytechnic State University

Praeger has contracted with us to publish a three-volume reference set titled "Muslims in American Popular Culture" in 2010/2011. The first collection of its kind, MIAPC will be marketed mainly to university, public, and secondary school libraries. We are looking for accessible articles of various lengths on a wide variety of topics within the categories of contemporary American Muslim entertainment, communities, social concerns, religious expression, and politics.

The first round of articles is due on October 15, 2009; abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Completed articles will be guaranteed a place in the collection based on dates received and accepted. Please send abstracts or questions to or to

For a list of possible topics, see below. For information about Praeger, see

Kindly forward to potentially interested scholars and programs.

Thank you,

Iraj Omidvar, PhD, Department of English and Technical Communication and Media Arts, Southern Polytechnic State University
Anne Richards, PhD, Department of English, Kennesaw State University


 Comedy
o Dave Chapelle
o Muslim-American comic group The Arabian Knights
o Muslim-American comediennes such as Negin Farsad and Maysoon Zayid
o Muslim-American comedians such as Dean Obeidallah, Preacher Moss, Mohammed Amer, Azhar Usman
 Music
o Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens
o John Coltrane
o Mos Def/Dante Smith
o Q-Tip/Fareed Kamal/Jonathan Davis
o Erik Schrody (Everlast's lead)
o Ghostface Killah
o T-Pain
o Nas
o Wu-Tang Clan
o Busta Rhymes and "Arab Money"
o Abdullah Ibn Buhaina/Art Blakey
 Film
o Portrayal of Muslim characters by Jewish and Christian actors, e.g., Anthony Quinn
o "Casablanca," Michael Moore's "9/11," "300," etc.
o Actors and directors such as Shohreh Aghdashlou and Moustapha Akkad
o Cliches such as Persian carpets, deserts, harems, geniis, magic lamps, Baghdad, Bedouins, Oriental despots, the Crusades
o Muslim heroes and heroines such as Sheherezade, Ali Baba, Sinbad
o Anti-Muslim lyrics in "Alladin"
 Popular Literature
o Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses)
o Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran)
o Khaled Hosseini (The Kiterunner)
o Muslim American women writers such as Maryam Jameela/Margaret Marcus, Mohja Kahf, Dilara Hafiz, Asma Gull, Reza Aslan, Samina Ali Samina Ali, Asra Nomani, and Yahiya Emerick
o 1001 Nights
o The mystic poetry of Rumi

 Places of Worship and Religious Accommodations
o U.S. mosques
o Islamic Center of America
o Footbaths and masjids at US airports
 Businesses
o Typical stores within large metro areas
o Famous businesspeople such as Anousheh Ansari (female Iranian space tourist) and Pierre Omidyar (creator of E-Bay)
 Cities
o "Tehrangeles"
o Muslim communities in Dearborn, Michigan
o Muslim communitities in the South End of Boston
o Muslim communities in Quincy, Massachusetts
o Muslim communities in Rose, North Dakota
o Fazlur Khan (structural engineer who designed the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center)
 Clothing and adornment
o Veils, headscarves, burkas, hejabs, etc.
o Henna, harquus
 Food
o Middle Eastern restaurants
o Hookah lounges
 Sports Individuals
o Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
o Mohammed Ali
o Mike Tyson
o Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf /Chris Jackson
 Forms
o Belly dancing

 Islamophobia
 Hate crimes against Muslims
 Popular confusions of Jews/Arabs, Arabs/Iranians, Muslims/Sikhs, and conflation of Arabs and Muslims

 Nation of Islam
o Malcolm X
o Louis Farrakhan
o Prison Conversions
o Million Man March
o Elijah Muhammad
o Silis Muhammad
o Wallace Fard Muhammad
o Warith Deen Muhammad
o American Society of Muslims
 Traditional Islam
o Asian American Muslims
o American Wahabis
o Hispanic Muslims
o Women imams
o Tablighi Jamaat
o Islamic Thinker Society
o The Society of the Muslim Brothers
o Hajjs by American Muslims
 Christians
o US Evangelical leaders' responses to Islam
o George W. Bush's call for a "crusade"

 U.S. Politicians/Politics
o Barack Obama's Muslim patrimony
o Keith Ellison
o Ahmedinejad's visit to Columbia University
o Zalmay Khalilzad
o The refusal of Tariq Ramadan's visa and those of other Muslim intellectuals
 Muslim Political Organizations
o Muslim Public Affairs Council
o Muslim Women's League
o Islamic Society of North America
o Islamic Students Association
o Council on American-Islamic Relations