Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm talk, including Q & A
Online Platform: Zoom
The American Midwest is often thought of as uniformly white, and shaped exclusively by Christian values. However, this view of the region as an unvarying landscape fails to consider a significant community at its very heart. Muslims of the Heartland uncovers the long history of Muslims in a part of the country where many readers would not expect to find them.
This story of Syrian Muslims in Sioux Falls, Dearborn, Ross, Michigan City, and Cedar Rapids recreates what the Syrian Muslim Midwest looked, sounded, felt, and smelled like—from the allspice-seasoned lamb and rice shared in mosque basements to the sound of the trains on the Rock Island Line rolling past the dry goods store. It recovers a multicultural history of the American Midwest that cannot be ignored.