Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Black History, American Muslims, and Conversations about Race

Senior Fellow Dr. Muhammad Khalifa sits down with Sh. Omar Suleiman to discuss their co-authored publication on ancestral knowledge and the role of culture when it includes an element of resistance, as well as how to maintain Islamic orthodoxy.

Read the publication “Ancestral Knowledge and American Muslims“.

Explore the Black Heritage Collection here.


Dr. Muhammad Khalifa

Senior Fellow | Dr. Muhammad Khalifa is the Robert H. Beck Professor of Ideas in Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota. He is a former district administrator and science teacher in Detroit Public Schools and is a leading expert on educational reform in African and Asian contexts.

Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dr. Omar Suleiman

President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.