Muslim American identities and diversity

Kaya I.

JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY, vol.106, no.1, pp.29-35, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 106 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00221340701286430
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-35


This article consists of two parts. The first part provides an overview of Muslim Americans and the role of Islam in their lives. The second part of the article includes a classroom exercise about how to teach Islam and Muslim Americans The main vehicle for this exercise is a PBS documentary titled Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. The exercise demonstrates one way to introduce some Islamic principles through a documentary, thereby demystifying Islam for many of our non-Muslim students. The exercise is appropriate for students in grades 9 through 12, and can be adapted for use in middle schools as well.