The US President Gives a History Lesson about Islam in Colonial America – at a Masjid!

That title was not a typo. Just in case you missed it, earlier this month (February 2016) President Obama visited a masjid for the first time as a US president. The Islamic Center of Baltimore hosted the president as White House cameras recorded what came to be an extraordinary verification on what many Muslims had been saying in closed circles for years: Muslims are not new here. Islam is not new here.

Many of my students, who especially come from public schools, are frozen and just short of breathless at the notion that Islam is not a foreign religion whenever I introduce that fact. In fact, Islam has documented history in America that goes back to before the birth of America’s first president. And in the following clip, the US president gives that notion a new, substantiated voice. Enjoy.

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