Dr. Fanusie's scholarship combines three areas of inquiry: 1) How did Islam spread around the globe historically, especially as a minority religion using syncretism that competed with dominant cultural milieus? 2)  How did religious currents in American society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries impact the activities of Muslim thinkers who traveled to the US at the time? and 3) How can the interaction between African Americans and Islam from the 1930s to present time be understood through a lens of spiritual transformation and not just as social protest.

Below is a sampling of lectures as well as a list of publications.

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March 26, 2014. The legacy of Fard Muhammad, founder of the Lost Found Nation of Islam, has perplexed scholars of the Nation of Islam and Islamic development in Twentieth Century America. Fatimah Fanusie approached the understudied intellectual heritage and missionary activism of the Lahore heirs of Ghulam Ahmad's Ahmadiyya movement as the critical link to understanding Fard Muhammad and the Nation of Islam in America.

Lecture at the Muslim Community Cultural Center in Baltimore, MD, April 2010: Dr. Fanusie discusses her groundbreaking PhD research on the role of the Indian Ahmadiyya Muslim movement in spreading Islam in early 20th century America.

Q&A at the Muslim Community Cultural Center in Baltimore, MD, April 2010: Dr. Fanusie responds to skeptics who question the extent to which the Ahmadiyya movement should be emphasized for its role in spreading Islam among African Americans.





  • Fard Muhammad in Historical Context: An Islamic Thread in the American Religious and Cultural Quilt, Manuscript Forthcoming.