Monday, May 21, 2018

Bio 2018

Photo by Joi Faison, 2016
Jamillah Karim is an award-winning author, speaker, and blogger. She specializes in race, gender, and Islam in America. 

Jamillah is author of Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam (with Dawn-Marie Gibson) and American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummahwhich was awarded the 2008 Book Award in Social Sciences by the Association for Asian American Studies. 

She is currently working on a new book, Radical Love, where she explores the depth and beauty of divine and human love.

Jamillah blogs for Sapelo Square, Hagar Lives, Race+Gender+Faith, NYU Press Blog, and Huffington Post Religion. She speaks regularly at college campuses and Muslim conferences across the nation. In 2014, her scholarly activism was recognized by JET magazine, which featured her as a young faith leader in the African American community.

Jamillah is a former associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Spelman College. She holds a BSE in electrical engineering and a PhD in Islamic Studies from Duke University. 


Amazon Review of American Muslim Women, March 2018

Dr. Jamillah Karim speaks truth to power! This brilliant book has become a cornerstone of my library and played an immense role in my return to academia as it sheds light on the lived experiences of Muslim women in America. By focusing on Muslim women within in their religious spheres along with the imbrication of race, gender, class and age--Dr. Karim delivers a richly textured account of and on American Women as they negotiate so many facets of their identity.

By fully, confronting the intra-Muslims racism of American Islam, Dr. Karim has created an opening for a new genera of study and long overdue discussion on this very real issue.

This book is perfectly suited for the non-academic as well as those within. Her brilliant methodologies foster an accessible reading.

Above all, Dr. Karim sheds light on the eloquent and nuanced dance of identity negotiation(s) that all Muslim women must perform in the richly diverse context of America. One of my all time favorite books!

 Ananda W

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