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Dr. Fatimah Fanusie is a Twentieth-Century U.S. historian and lecturer whose work is at the heart of an evolving reappraisal of the study of African American Islam, the modern Civil Rights Movement and African Diaspora culture.  She is currently the Lead Historian working on the Reverend Dr. Jefferson P. Rogers and Mary Grace Rogers Papers at the Howard Thurman Historical home in Daytona Beach, Florida.   


Several of Dr. Fanusie’s forthcoming articles are based off of her dissertation research, “Fard Muhammad in Historical Context: An Islamic Thread in the American Religious and Cultural Quilt,” which traces the development of Islam in America during the first half of the twentieth century through an exploration of  the Indian Ahmadiyya background of Fard Muhammad and an examination of the Nation of Islam within a comparative Islamic framework.  Two separate book length projects examine the relationship of bebop and jazz musicians to the spiritual and cultural transformations African Americans underwent from the end of World War II until the present and the influence of India on the 20th century religious thought and liberation practice of African Americans.

Dr. Fanusie’s publications include the article “Ahmadi, Beboppers, Veterans and Migrants: African-American Islam in Boston, 1948-1963”, ed. Ted Trost and Wilson J. Moses, The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, New York, NY: Macmillan-Palgrave Press, January 2008, 49-69; “African Americans” entry in Volume I of the Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States, ed. Joselyn Cesari, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007, 13-15 and “Elijah Muhammad” in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, ed. Sharon Henderson Callahan, Seattle, WA: SAGE Publications, 2013, 634-638.  Dr. Fanusie received her BA in History and Arabic from Lincoln University in 1997, her MA in American History from Tufts University in 2001 and PhD in American History from Howard University in 2008. She resides in Columbia, MD with her husband and their three children.