West African Muslims, many living in parts of the former Mali empire, were the first Muslims in the United States. Enslaved and transported across the Atlantic, most of these early African Muslims continued to practice their religion albeit under pressure to become Christians. This lesson focuses on seven West African Muslims who lived in the U.S. prior to the Civil War.
Having completed this lesson, students should be able to:
- Identify West African Muslims as the first Muslims in the U.S.
- Describe these early West African Muslims as versed in the Koran and literate in Arabic.
- Describe the enslavement and transport of most early West African Muslims to the U.S. as part of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
How were West African Muslims affected by their enslavement in the U.S.?
- What are the names, home countries and facts of life of early West African Muslims enslaved in the U.S.?
- How did they gain knowledge of Islam/Arabic?
- How did they show evidence of their knowledge of Islam and Arabic in the U.S.?
- Where were they enslaved and who enslaved them?
- What were their accomplishments/legacies?
- West African Muslim Badges (See instructions below)
- Listening Organizer PDF
- Research Organizer PDF