About Us

WHO WE ARE?

America's Islamic Heritage Museum

is the principal project of Collections & Stories of American Muslims, Inc. – a Washington, DC, Ward 8 based, 501 c-3 a non-profit organization. CSAM was established in 1996, it is dedicated to preserving and fostering educational community engagement programs and opportunities that provide access to, and understanding of, the history of Muslim Americans. We have been in our current location since March 2011, and have served more than 52,500 visitors to the Museum.

OUR MISSION

CSAM’s mission is to preserve America’s Islamic legacy and contributions by collecting, archiving and displaying artifacts and information about America’s rich Islamic history, including the extensive history of African American Muslims. Our mission with America’s Islamic Heritage Museum is to provide cultural educational programming and museum services for the public in the United States and abroad.

We provide high-quality arts & humanities cultural programs that highlight America’s rich Islamic history and diversity. Our programs help to promote understanding and appreciation of our shared history and common humanity particularly with DC’s Ward 8 residents, using cultural enrichment programming and social service programs.

“national treasure of our country’s Muslim heritage. A perfect resource or reference point for the history of Islam and Muslims in America.”

Eric, Museum Attendee

A MESSAGE
FROM OUR DIRECTOR

Amir Muhammad

DIRECTOR

At America’s Islamic Heritage Museum (AIHM) we welcome you to come learn about America’s rich extensive Islamic history dating back to the 16th century, while exploring some of the lives and events of the 17th, 18th and 19th century of Muslims heritage and their contributions and narratives in America.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Amir N. Muhammad

Mr. Amir Muhammad is an accomplished and noted researcher, historian, author, and poet whose works have gained him international recognition. Mr. Muhammad is the president, co-founder and curator of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum a division of Collections & Stories of American Muslims, Inc. (Traveling Exhibit, Archives, & Museum), established in 1996. He is among the foremost historians and researchers of the Islamic experience in the United States as well as one of the leading activists in creating public awareness of America’s rich Islamic history.

Amir Muhammad is an author of eight books, A Life’s Journey from the Heart of A Man; Muslims in America; Seven Centuries of History from (1312-2000); Africans: People of Color in Pre-Islamic & Islamic History; Muslims Contribution to the World; America’s Masajid & Islamic Centers: A Pictorial Account; Muslim Veterans of American Wars; Unique Tombstones: Found Across the United States; and The History of Masjid Muhammad and the Early Muslims in the Washington, DC area. His work has been published in many articles for national and international magazines and newspapers.

The book Muslims in America: Seven Centuries of History has sold over 40,000 copies over the past 10 years, the book still sales very well today.

Mr. Muhammad has lectured and exhibited at Harvard University, Stanford University, Rutgers University, Howard University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Indiana Bloomington, University of Florida, the University of Illinois Chicago, and a host of other universities and schools across the country. He has also provided exhibits for the State Department, the Pentagon Iftar programs, a variety of government agencies, Masajid, Churches, and community groups across the US, Bermuda, St. Thomas, Qatar, and Nigeria. He has won various awards for both his poetry and historical works.

Mr. Muhammad has more than thirty years of business management and entrepreneurial experience. Throughout his career, he held many management positions for the America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, A&H Books & Gifts, ACLU, AMC, and Masjid Muhammad.

Habeebah Muhammad

Ms. Muhammad is currently the Registrar for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC.  She has been employed by the Smithsonian for over 24 years. Ms. Muhammad is the past President, Vice President and Secretary for the Association of African American Museums.


Ms. Muhammad has worked in the museum field for over  30 years. Previously she has worked at the Buffalo History Museum in Buffalo, NY; The Apex Museum, The High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Ballet all in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Muhammad has a BA in Sociology/Psychology from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. She is also the co-founder and a board member of Collections & Stories of American Muslims

Muhammad Fraser Abdul-Rahim

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim is a program officer for Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Mr. Fraser-Rahim’s areas of expertise include security sector reform, countering violent extremism (CVE) and community oriented policing in Africa. Prior to joining USIP, Mr. Fraser-Rahim worked for the United States Government for more than a decade providing strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on CVE to the White House and the National Security Council. Mr. Fraser-Rahim has conducted original research in more than 40 countries on the African continent, and has worked as a conflict mediator, ESL instructor and adjunct professor on topics related to Africa, CVE and international relations. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Howard University in African Studies with a focus on Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Modernity, and holds a master’s degree from Howard University in History, and a bachelor’s degree in History from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

(IN HONOR OF)Sulayman S. Nyang, PhD.

Dr. Sulayman Nyang has served on Collections & Stories of American Muslims Inc, Board as Vice President since our inception in 1996. Dr. Sulayman Nyang 1944-2018

He serves as a director of Muslim Media Network Inc. He has served as a Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Gambia to Saudi Arabia and seven other North African and Middle Eastern Countries, was the founding editor of the American Journal of Islamic Studies, now known as American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and was also the President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Dr. Nyang received a Ph.D. degree in Government from the University of Virginia in 1974.

Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang teaches at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he serves as Professor of African Studies in 1972. From 1975 to 1978 he served as Deputy Ambassador and Head of Chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Following his diplomatic stint, he immigrated to the United States and returned to academic life at Howard University where he later assumed the position of department chair from 1986 to 1993. He also serves as co-director of Muslims in the American Public Square, a research project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Professor Nyang has served as a consultant to several national and international agencies. He has served on the boards of the African Studies Association, the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Dr. Nyang is listed on the editorial boards of several national and international scholarly journals. He has lectured on college campuses in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Dr. Nyang has written extensively on Islamic, African and Middle Eastern affairs.  His best-known works are Islam, Christianity and African Identity (1984), A Line in the Sand: Saudi Arabia’s Role in the Gulf War (1995) co-authored with Evan Heindricks, and Religious Plurality in Africa co-edited with Jacob Olupona. His last book was Islam in the United States of America (1999).  Professor Nyang has also contributed over a dozen chapters in books edited by colleagues writing on Islamic, African and Middle Eastern subjects. His numerous scholarly pieces have appeared in African, American, European and Asian journals.

ADVISORY BOARD

Aisha Al-Adawiya

New York, NY

Dr. Khalid Blankenship

Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Aminah McCloud

Chicago, IL

Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad

Sacramento, CA

Dr. Muhammad Sillah

Hampton, VA

Imam Yusuf Saleem

Washington, DC

Dr. Hakim M Rashid

Washington, DC

Mohamed Zakariya

Arlington, VA

Abrar A Ansari

Texas

Vaseem Ansari

Texas

Retired Lt. Commander

Retired Lt. Commander

Retired Lt. Commander

MUSEUM TEAM

Amir N Muhammad

CEO/ Curator

Bilaal Muhammad

Gift Shop Manager

M. Fraser Abdur-Rahim

Program Coordinator

Habeebah Muhammad

Fundraising Coordinator

Bushra Miller

Youth Programs/
Social Media Coordinator

Bilaal Muhammad

Gift Shop Manager

M. Fraser Abdur-Rahim

Program Coordinator

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A Message From The Director

At America’s Islamic Heritage Museum (AIHM) we welcome you to come learn about America’s rich extensive Islamic history dating back to the 16th century, while exploring  some of the lives and events of the 17th, 18th and 19th century of Muslims heritage and their contributions and narratives in America. As the first director of America’s Islamic Museum (AIHM) I’m honored to be at the vanguard of a primary shift change in the way we look at America’s diversity and forgotten roots, the history of Muslims in early America. Our history, like all histories, has many narratives, many people, cultures, and dreams. We believe in connecting people using the arts, culture, and history. 

We also provide four primary, very informative and insightful programs. Our Scholars Corner features various scholars on historical and contemporary topics. Our Oral History Program provides insights into the history, culture, and narratives of the various Muslim communities that make up our society today; our Arts & Cultural programs feature and highlight various artists both Muslim and local talent in the visual arts, creative arts, and performing artists; our Community Engagement programs allow us to provide many humanities’ programs to the community as well as provide community festivals.

If you have not visited us recently you will experience some changes and additions, as we continue to work to find ways to showcase additional objects. So look for additional surprises when you visit us next. 

I invite you to come and experience our shared history at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum through our portals of exhibits from the views of American Islamic history. Bring your families, friends, and classes to discover the many hidden stories and contributions of Muslim Americans.

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