I think it’s very important for Muslims to document their presence in America in order to preserve the legacy of Islam in this country, to pass it on and because quite simply no one else will. To that end, one community in North Carolina is doing just that with a book that can by purchased online for all to see.
Durham,North Carolina used to be a town known for its tobacco and thriving black middle class. Situated in the heart of that state, the city is now more commonly known for Duke University with tobacco playing no role at all in the city’s growth or prosperity. It is also home to a thriving Muslim community that has been active and in existence for many, many decades and which has played a part in the development of that city. The Athaan in the Bull City, written by Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem chronicles the growth of Islam in Durham, North Carolina from a very personal perspective; it is devoid the polemics commonly associated with a discussion of Islam in this country and speaks solely of that city’s Muslims building an institution that could be viable for Muslims living in that town. It should be required reading for America’s Muslims and a template to use for other locales to document their own presence in America.