Selected Articles

The selected writings here range from my scholarly work to popular pieces to my published news articles. This section will also include some Op Ed pieces, short stories, essays, memoir writing and other choice tidbits. For many of these writings, you will be able to click on the title and access them as PDF documents. For others, the citation information will be available and can typically be found by searching for the publication title online. As my website grows, more pieces and will be added. So, be sure to visit often.


“Objects of Desire: Shopping for Identity and the Meaning of Africa at the Harlem Market,” African Arts, Winter 2011, pp. 14-27.

“Culture, Community and the Politics of Muslim Space,” Journal of History and Culture, 2010, Summer, vol. 1 (3): 8-24.

“Sufis on Parade: The Performance of Black, African and Muslim Identities,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2009, June 77(2), 199-237.

“West African ‘Soul Brothers’ in Harlem: Immigration, Islam, and the Black Encounter” in Black Routes to Islam edited by Manning Marable and Hishaam D. Aidi (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

“African ‘Soul Brothers’ in the ‘Hood: Immigration, Islam and the Black Encounter,” Anthropological Quarterly, 2009, Winter 82(1): 37-62.

“Negotiating Identities: A History of Islamization in Black West Africa,” Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, vol. 10, no. 1, 2008, pp. 5-18.

“West Africa,” Encyclopedia of American Immigration, James Ciment (ed.) (Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2001), pp. 1070-1078.

Invited book review by Zain Abdullah. Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East by Asef Bayat, Middle East Journal, Spring 2011, pp. 346-348.

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