Lecture examines Islam’s influence in American society

Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, said American Muslims have profoundly impacted American society in a lecture Tuesday titled “Islam and the Building of America”…

…Central to any discussion of Islam’s impact on America, Hussain said, is the understanding that Muslims have been part of American history since its conception.

“The rhetoric that one gets these days is that Islam is a new religious tradition in America and that it is somehow alien, foreign to American values,” he said. “And I’m going to turn that on its head and say, ‘How has America been influenced by Islam and by its Muslim population?’”

Indeed, Hussain said Muslims have constituted a significant percentage of the American population even before America declared independence in 1776. He said at least 10 percent of the slaves brought to America from West Africa were Muslim…

…But beyond the fact that Muslims have always been part of American history, Hussain said Muslims have made a lasting impression on American politics and culture. He said the life of Thomas Jefferson provides evidence of the pervasiveness of Islam in American thought.

“How many of us are aware that in 1765, Thomas Jefferson — in 1765 before America is America — purchases a Koran?” Hussain said…

Jefferson’s interest in the Koran was related to the Barbary pirates. From Wiki:

The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Tripolitian War or the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States and the Northwest African Berber Muslim states known collectively as the Barbary States.

These were the Ottoman provinces of Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis, which were enjoying a large autonomy, as well as the independent Sultanate of Morocco.

The war was fought because U.S. President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay the high tributes demanded by the Barbary states and because they were seizing American merchant ships and enslaving the crews for high ransoms.

It was the first military conflict authorized by Congress that the United States fought on foreign land and seas.

h/t pislamonausea Central

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Islam (both Barbary Wars), The French (Quasi-War), and The British (multiple acts of douche-baggery on the high seas) are the three reason we even built ANY Navy as soon as we did.
    At that time, it was seriously debated if we should have ANY form of a standing military at all, ever. It was the rest of the world that taught us what a dumb idea that was, but we WERE, in our early days, pretty firmly pacifist.
    Thank God that fad passed!

    • Frau Katze

      Pretty pathetic effort, I thought.

    • Zaba

      As I understand it, he bought that koran to understand our enemies, the ‘Barbary Pirates’ aka muzlims.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Actually he owned several Korans and cut up atleast one putting it into chronilogical order, and he cut up another one (as he did a King James Bible) and exercised all supernatural events.
        I’ll have to dig it up, but when he was all done, he was less than Impressed with Islam.

        • Zaba


          Didn’t know about that…..
          Now, an hour on line can leave one…. less than Impressed with Islam.

  • cmh

    that is why he was such a learned man…a leader who knew his stuff

  • Xavier

    Hell, I have a copy of Rules For Radicals and The Communist Manifesto. Know thy enemy.

    • Frau Katze


  • Dana Garcia

    America’s first war after the Revolution was against jihad. That’s the important thing to know about islam in US history. The founders knew islam was crap.

  • occupant 9

    “at least 10 percent of the slaves brought to America from West Africa were Muslim…”

    … who weren’t Muslim prior to their capture and conversion … and we less Muslim than their Arab slavers who gladly sold them for a profit which is why they were captured in the first place, but now are somehow part of “building” America that they call the “great Satan.” Well, that’s absurd, but totally Islamic as a result.

  • MG42

    Hey, if you can’t believe someone named Hussain, then who can you believe?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    There’s that word “studies” again giving cover to another academic phony and fraud. And by no less than a Catholic university. Don’t they monitor their course offerings to uphold genuine scholarship consistent with the official orientation of the school?

  • Zaba

    …But beyond the fact that Muslims have always been part of American history…….

    So…..are we thinking that hussein obama is correct….???