Edward E.																 Curtis

Edward E. Curtis

William M. and Gail M. Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts
Director, Arabic and Islamic Studies Minor
Professor of World Languages and Cultures
Department: World Languages and Cultures, Arabic Studies, and American Studies
(317) 278-1683
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 539B



  • DLitt et Phil, University of South Africa 2000.
  • MA, Washington University in St. Louis 1997
  • BA, Kenyon College 1993



Courses on Islam, Muslim American studies, Arab and Arab American studies, the Middle East and North Africa, American studies, and history.



Across the Worlds of Islam: Muslim Identities, Beliefs, and Practices from Asia to America. (Columbia University Press, 2023).

Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest.
(NYU Press, 2022).

Arab Indianapolis. (Belt Publishing, 2022).

Muslim American Politics and the Future of U.S. Democracy. (NYU Press, 2019).

The Practice of Islam in America. (NYU Press, 2017).

Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service. (IU Press, 2016).

Bloomsbury Reader on Islam in the West. (Bloomsbury, 2015).

The Call of Bilal: Islam in the African Diaspora. (UNC Press, 2014).

Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, general editor. (Facts on File, 2010).

Muslims in America: A Short History (Oxford University Press, 2009).

New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Fauset and the Study of African American Religions, co-editor (IU Press, 2009).

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, editor (Columbia University Press, 2008).

Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960-1975, (UNC Press, 2006).

Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought (SUNY Press, 2002).



Arab American Book Award, Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Academic category, Arab American
National Museum, 2023.

Emmy, Historical Documentary (Executive Producer) for Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History, 2023.

Emmy, Writer (with Rebecca Fisher) for Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History, 2023.

IU Presidential Arts & Humanities Fellowship, 2022-2023.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar Director, 2015, 2017.

Fulbright Fellow, 2009-2010

Carnegie Scholar, 2008-2009

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, National Humanities Center, 2004-2005.

Middle East Partnership Initiative Grant, United States Department of State and USAID, 2004-2005.

Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1993-4.

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Black, Muslim, and Arab American history and life.



Co-Founder and Co-Editor, Journal of Africana Religions, 2011-2021

Co-Director, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis,” Ivy Tech Community College, 2015-2017.