Offering readers an engaging, accessible, and balanced account of the contributions of American Muslims to the contemporary United States, this important book serves to clarify misrepresentations and misunderstandings regarding Muslim Americans and Islam.
* Identifies the contributions of Muslims to American fiction, poetry, music, food, architecture, and other cultural forms to document the breadth of their contributions
* Highlights the ways in which Muslims have been, and continue to be, routinely depicted negatively in American literature, film, and religious discourse, and documents the potential effects that such depictions can have on individual Muslims and their communities
* Offers readers useful tools that allow them to apply a critical eye to the representations of Muslims in the news
Iraj Omidvar, PhD, is associate professor of English, technical communication, and media arts at Southern Polytechnic State University. Anne R. Richards, PhD, is university ombuds and associate professor of English at Kennesaw State University. Richards was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Tunisia in 2006-2007 and is one of 22 active Fulbright Ambassadors.