TAM History

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The American Muslim was published as a quarterly print journal from 1989 to 1995. The FOUNDING EDITOR was Sheila Musaji. The journal included an original piece of calligraphy by Mohamed Zakariya as an insert in each issue. Cover art by Safiya Godlas, Malika Moore, Sheila Musaji, etc. It’s content was diverse and thought provoking, and it was visually beautiful.

In addition to the regularly published journal - we also produced the first Directory of Islam in America which included not only Mosques and Islamic Organizations, but also a Who’s Who of Islam in America. 

It was produced entirely by volunteer effort and had no paid staff. There were a number of sections each with its own editor. Those ASSOCIATE EDITORS were: Arts - Mohamed Zakariya, Book Reviews - Laleh Bakhtiar, Education - Sophia Hussain, Environment/Ecology -  Dawood Zwink, Gender Issues - Aminah Wadud-Muhsin, Humor - Karima Omar, Interfaith Dialogue - Hamed Ghazali, and Dr. Hussein Morsi, Islam In America - Sheila Musaji, Islamic Vocabulary - Imam Fathi Ben Halim, Law & Policy - Dr.  Robert Crane, Esq., Poetry - Abd al-Hayy Moore, Profiles - Margaret Ramdoun, Q&A - Abu Munir Winkel, Research Network - Aminah McCloud, Science - Mahboob Khan, Shariah & Fiqh - Hamza Yusuf and Nuh Ha Mim Keller, Social Services - Frederick Thaufeer al-Din and Nur Bickham, Transformations - Aminah Assilmi. Our RELIGIOUS ADVISORS were: Shaikh M. Amin Khowaldia and Shaikh M. Nur Abdullah.

Some of those whose art, poetry, articles and analyses we were fortunate enough to share were: Abd al-Hayy Moore, Abdul Cader Asmal, Abdul Basit, Abu Munir Winkel, Abul Khatib, Adele Ghani, Aisha Brown, Aisha Brown, Ali John Comegys, Ali Mazrui, Alphecca Murtady, Amina Wadud-Muhsin, Anas Coburn, Ayesha Ansari, Bob Hurd, Catherine John, Charles Upton, Constance Shabazz, Dawood Zwink, Ed Jouney, Fahmi Howeidi, Farid Nu’Man, Frederick Thaufeer al-Deen, Ghayth Nur Kashif, Ghulam Haider Aasi, Greg Noakes, Hafiz B.A. al-Masri, Hakim Archuletta, Hamza Yusuf, Hasan Zillur Rahim, Hina Azzam, Hoda Boyer, Hussein Morsi, Imad-as-Dean Ahmad, Imam Luqman Abdul-Kareem, Imam Alauddin Shabazz, Imam Faruq Bilal Rasheed, Imran Hosein, Javeed Akhter, Jeffrey Lang, Jennifer Doane, John B. Denson, Karim Ardalan, Karima Omar, Khadija Abdelmohty, Khaled Abou El-Fadl, Laleh Bakhtiar, Lex (Nur) Hixon, Linda Malas, Lois Stands-Raheem, M. T. Mehdi, Maalik Bennett, Maria Abdin Michael Wolfe, Mohamed Zakariya, Mohja Kahf, Mustafa Paul Bergner, Nausheen Akhter, Nu Ha Mim Keller, Rashid Siddiqui, Rev. Paul Davis, Robert Crane, Safiya Godlas, Sahra Nadiir, Salam al-Marayati, Samar Luberto, Sardar Hayat Khan, Sh. M. Nur Abdullah, Sh. M. Amin Khowaldia, Sh. Hisham Kabbani, Sharifa Alkhateeb, Simon Tunstall, Steven Abdulkader, Suhail Bannister, Sulayman Nyang, Syed Hashim Ali, T.B. Irving, Taalibu Janna, Tarajee Rahman, Vincent Cornell, Yahiya Emerick, Yahya Monastra, Yahya Blankenship, Yasin Aljibouri, Yussuf Nazeer,

Before he considered turning “Struggling to Surrender” into the wonderful book it became, Jeffrey Lang’s initial chapters were published in TAM. The Ramadan Sonnets of Abd al-Hayy Moore were first published in TAM. We were the first to prepare a Directory of Islam in America (1992), and the first to do a Who’s Who of Muslims in America (1994).


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