The following is an ever growing list of organizations and websites that can be used as resources on Islam and Religious Studies.
American Academy of Religion (AAR) https://aarweb.org//
The AAR is the largest scholarly society dedicated to the academic study of religion, with more than 8,000 members around the world. The AAR's mission is to foster excellence in the academic study of religion and enhance the public understanding of religion.
Middle East Studies Association (MESA) https://mesana.org/
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a non-profit association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples through programs, publications and services that enhance education, further intellectual exchange, recognize professional distinction, and defend academic freedom in accordance with its status as a 501(c)(3) scientific, educational, literary, and charitable organization.
Sapelo Square https://sapelosquare.com/
In the spirit of “do for self,” Sapelo Square intervenes in the marginalization and erasure of Black Muslims in the public square by building an online forum that places Black Muslims at the center. Our mission is to celebrate and analyze the experiences of Black Muslims in the United States to create new understandings of who they are, what they have done, and why that matters.
Sapelo Square is committed to a nonsectarian approach to Islam and an inclusive vision of what it means to be Black in the United States. Sapelo Square seeks to provide informed and thought provoking content that leads to innovative and transformative action. Sapelo Square is a gathering space that builds on the long tradition of Islam in Black America and reflects the vitality of Black Muslim Life. Sapelo Square aims to be the destination for all things Black and Muslim in the United States.
Muslim Girl https://muslimgirl.com/
A site dedicated to raising the place of Muslim women in our society, eliminating stereotypes, and creating a healthy interfaith dialogue through the spirit of sisterhood.
New Books in Islamic Studies (part of the New Books Network) https://newbooksnetwork.com/category/religion-faith/islamic-studies/
The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing scholars and other serious writers to a wide public via new media. Covering 80+ subjects, disciplines, and genres, we publish 35 episodes every week and serve a large, worldwide audience. The NBN is staffed by Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Marshall Poe, and Co-Editor Leann Wilson. Feel free to contact either one of us for more information. (Authors and publicists, find out how to pitch us here.)
Pew Research Center: Muslims and Islam https://www.pewresearch.org/topics/muslims-and-islam/
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.
ISPU (Institute for Social Policy and Understanding) https://www.ispu.org/
Founded in 2002, ISPU has been at the forefront of discovering trends and opportunities that impact American Muslims for almost 20 years. We’re a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that builds understanding and strengthens communities by laying a foundation of facts. As the only organization of our kind, we’re the go-to source for anyone seeking information about Muslims in America and issues that impact them. We also share what we know in easily digestible ways with the general public, policymakers, media professionals, community leaders, and more. ISPU has offices both in Dearborn, Michigan, and Washington, D.C
American Muslim Stories https://www.ammuslimstories.com/
This three-year project is exploring how Muslims of every generation have participated in the American experiment—as Africans who were enslaved, homesteaders, soldiers, community builders, business leaders, sportspeople, political activists, artists and more. Through their stories, we are highlighting the role of Muslims in U.S. history and expanding our notion of what it means to be an American today.
American Muslim is using innovative storytelling techniques to reach people wherever they consume their content—through broadcast, digital, community screenings and educational initiatives. We have already launched our social media channels and will be producing a series of short films for digital distribution, before building to a three-hour documentary series intended for broadcast in 2022. The series will be accompanied by a state-of-the-art website, and vigorous community outreach and educational engagement, designed to bring these stories to schools and colleges across America.
HEART Women and Girls https://heartwomenandgirls.org/
HEART ensures that all Muslims have the resources, language, and choice to nurture sexual health and confront sexual violence. Our work is culturally-sensitive and developmentally appropriate for the audiences that we serve. We envision a world where all people are free from sexual violence and thrive in the communities they live, work, and pray in.
Muslim ARC (Anti-Racism Collaborative) http://www.muslimarc.org/
MuslimARC is an human rights education organization. Our work consists of raising awareness and training Muslim communities on issues of racial justice. In order to uproot racism, we focus on developing and delivering education on internalized, interpersonal, and institutional racism. While the majority of our members are currently in the United States, we stand in solidarity with oppressed people and incorporate global voices because our community is cosmopolitan, reflecting transnational identities with local particularities. In our trainings and workshops, MuslimARC addresses both personal and systemic racism.
IMAN (Inner-City Muslim Action Network) https://www.imancentral.org/
The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) is a community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center. IMAN incorporated as a nonprofit in 1997 through the drive of people directly affected by and deeply invested in social issues affecting communities of color living on Chicago’s South Side. Since that time, IMAN has steadily grown and, in 2016, opened a second office in Atlanta to continue mobilizing a cross-section of people committed to this mission.
The organization models an integrative approach that employs holistic interventions to address a spectrum of structural and systemic injustices, incorporating primary, behavioral, and oral health; artistic expression; leadership development; organizing and advocacy; housing; and job training, in an effort to substantially increase the quality of life for people in marginalized communities.
CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) https://www.cair.com/
CAIR’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
The Maydan https://themaydan.com/
Maydan is an online publication of Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, offering expert analysis on a wide variety of issues in the field of Islamic Studies for academic and public audiences alike, and serving as a resource hub and a platform for informed conversation, featuring original articles and visual media from diverse perspectives.
Maydan complements and benefits from the flourishing academic blogosphere and the rise in digital scholarship, amplified by social media and the diversification of academic production venues. It aims to contribute to the developments in digital scholarship by bringing peer-reviewed academic research to the attention of the broader public and providing original resources and databases for scholars, students and the public to facilitate research, discussion, and pedagogy in Islamic Studies across all disciplines. In response to a growing need for a broadly-focused online resource for academic scholarship and critique, Maydan offers its readers multidisciplinary perspectives on the historical, intellectual, and global patterns and developments influencing the Muslim world.
The Immanent Frame https://tif.ssrc.org/
The Immanent Frame publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on religion, secularism, and the public sphere. Founded in October 2007 in conjunction with the Social Science Research Council’s program on Religion and the Public Sphere, The Immanent Frame features invited contributions and original essays, and serves as a forum for ongoing exchanges among leading thinkers from the social sciences and humanities.
The Wabash Center https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/
The Wabash Center supports theology and religion faculty and doctoral students reflecting on their teaching practice — in both theological education and undergraduate education, in North America. We facilitate faculty conversations about the goals and processes of teaching and student learning. Our programming develops faculty skills for critical reflection on teaching practice.
Sacred Writes https://www.sacred-writes.org/
Generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and hosted by Northeastern University, Sacred Writes provides support, resources, and networks for scholars of religion committed to translating the significance of their research to a broader audience. Over the life of the project (2018-2022), we will host trainings for scholars, create and fund partnerships between scholars and media outlets, and convene meetings to discuss best practices for public scholarship.
The Duke Islamic Studies Center supports resources that increase awareness of the history and cultures of Islam and Muslims and values diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding. Resources listed here originate from a variety of spaces outside of Duke University. The listing of a resource does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein.