Muslim African Americans and Islamic Education by Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad

Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad addresses the historical development and pedagogical issues that transformed education in the African American experience.

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0:0:12 Bismillah/Opening (Imam Zaid Shakir)
0:03:05 Quran Recitation and Translation: Surah Ad-Duha (Yusuf Nasir)
0:05:45 Introduction of Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad (Aïdah Rasheed)
0:08:39 Bismillah/Opening Comments (Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad)
0:10:40 Overview of Lecture
0:14:05 Definition and Context: Muslim African Americans/Islamic Education
0:15:44 What is Education
0:18:01 What is Islamic Education
0:20:05 The History of Education In Black America
0:22:15 The History of Islamic Education in Black America
0:25:06 How to Educate Black Muslims
0:29:18 The Ascension of the Soul Model of Education
0:35:20 Genetic Memory of Islam
0:41:45 African American Struggle for Education
0:51:25 20th Century White Christian America
0:56:07 Unique Education
01:08:31 The Nation of Islam Model of Education
01:16:40 Photos and Commentary
01:18:24 Closing Remarks

Comments, Questions and Answers

Comments, Questions and Answers
01:24:02 Comment: First thank you for clearing up the history of education and Islam. I have had conversations with Muslims and it has been difficult to communicate the profundity of the origination and growth of Islam in America.
01:25:35 Question: Two questions: I was curious about the Ascension of the soul curriculum. Can you share more about that, is the aim to be used exclusively in our [Muslim] private and public charter schools or to be exported to the genereal public schools? Secondly, in regards to Imam Muhammad saying we should reject Western philosophy until we have our own identity. Do you think we are there yet to where we can take extract the good in those philosophies without it having an adverse effect on us?
01:29:21 Question: Could you elaborate on the significance of the rational aspect to the spiritual aspect, especially in the American and Black experience?
01:34:56 Comment: I was one of the people who was there when Muhammad Ali came to the school and visited the students back in the era of the First Resurrection. After the Second Resurrection we were all blessed to be entered into Islam. After all the work I’ve seen and been a part of, I have never heard anybody mention Elijah or Clara Muhammad at any point as contributors to the Black experience during Black History Month or any other time and it is gratifying to finally hear it.
01:37:00 Question: What would be a way forward into progression and, from a forward thinking perspective, if Elijah Muhammad were here, how do you think Muhammad how do you think he would feel or respond to this version of America (regarding Donald Trump and other racist factors)?
01:40:08 Question: What are the areas where we can build our expertise…in order to expand our foothold in society?
01:42:37 Question (Combined Audience member and online): Do you think that one of the reasons that we have not been able to progress is because we have not addressed racism in Islam amongst Muslims? – Question: Is it possible to get a copy
of what you have been reading from, and also how do we share these ideas into these non-Islamic institutions so that Black children can get this information as a part of their history and finally is there a historical text that you would recommend for

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Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad is the Founding Director of the Institute of Muslim American Studies – IMAS. She earned a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and a Certificate for Arabic Language and Islamic Civilization from American Islamic College, Chicago.

She is credited with writing the first dissertation on Islamic Schools in America and was appointed Director of Education for Clara Muhammad Schools by Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Dr. Muhammad was a Research Associate to Dr. C. Eric Lincoln on Muslim Schools and an Affiliated Scholar at Howard University under the direction of Dr. Sulayman Nyang.
Dr. Muhammad has presented at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Georgetown University and published in Muslim Education Quarterly, Cambridge, UK; Journal of Negro Education, Journal on Religion and Education and Encyclopedia of African American Education. She has lectured at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, California State University-Sacramento, DePaul University, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought.

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