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Indianapolis, Indiana
Exploring Muslim American Life
2018 NEH Scholars Visit Nur Allah Islamic Center with Imam Mikal Saahir and Judge David Shaheed. Image courtesy of IUPUI.

Since 2015, NEH funding has helped Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) host a summer professional development seminar for K–12 educators that explores what it means to be both Muslim and American. Over the course of three weeks, the participants learn from scholars and community members, learning deeply about the richness and diversity of Muslim American voices. Educators leave equipped with a more comprehensive understanding of Muslim history in the United States, better prepared to serve Muslim students in their communities, with materials and strategies for sharing this richness and diversity with their students and fellow educators.

“There is a lack of foundational knowledge in the U.S. about the core beliefs of Muslim Americans and the history of Muslims in America. It was wonderful to receive a background that will help us challenge the narrative.”

–Survey respondent

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