WHO WE ARE?
America's Islamic Heritage Museum
is the principal project of Collections & Stories of American Muslims, Inc. – a Washington, DC, Ward 8 based, 501 c-3 a non-profit organization. CSAM was established in 1996, it is dedicated to preserving and fostering educational community engagement programs and opportunities that provide access to, and understanding of, the history of Muslim Americans. We have been in our current location since March 2011, and have served more than 52,500 visitors to the Museum.
CSAM’s mission is to preserve America’s Islamic legacy and contributions by collecting, archiving and displaying artifacts and information about America’s rich Islamic history, including the extensive history of African American Muslims. Our mission with America’s Islamic Heritage Museum is to provide cultural educational programming and museum services for the public in the United States and abroad.
We provide high-quality arts & humanities cultural programs that highlight America’s rich Islamic history and diversity. Our programs help to promote understanding and appreciation of our shared history and common humanity particularly with DC’s Ward 8 residents, using cultural enrichment programming and social service programs.
“national treasure of our country’s Muslim heritage. A perfect resource or reference point for the history of Islam and Muslims in America.”
Eric, Museum Attendee
A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR
At America’s Islamic Heritage Museum (AIHM) we welcome you to come learn about America’s rich extensive Islamic history dating back to the 16th century, while exploring some of the lives and events of the 17th, 18th and 19th century of Muslims heritage and their contributions and narratives in America.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Amir N. Muhammad
Mr. Amir Muhammad is an accomplished and noted researcher, historian, author, and poet whose works have gained him international recognition. Mr. Muhammad is the president, co-founder and curator of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum a division of Collections & Stories of American Muslims, Inc. (Traveling Exhibit, Archives, & Museum), established in 1996. He is among the foremost historians and researchers of the Islamic experience in the United States as well as one of the leading activists in creating public awareness of America’s rich Islamic history.
Ms. Muhammad is currently the Registrar for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC. She has been employed by the Smithsonian for over 24 years. Ms. Muhammad is the past President, Vice President and Secretary for the Association of African American Museums. Ms. Muhammad has worked in the museum field for over 30 years. Previously she has worked at the Buffalo History Museum in Buffalo, NY; The Apex Museum, The High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Ballet all in Atlanta, Georgia.
Muhammad Fraser Abdul-Rahim
Muhammad Fraser-Rahim is a program officer for Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Mr. Fraser-Rahim’s areas of expertise include security sector reform, countering violent extremism (CVE) and community oriented policing in Africa. Prior to joining USIP, Mr. Fraser-Rahim worked for the United States Government for more than a decade providing strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on CVE to the White House and the National Security Council.
(IN HONOR OF)Sulayman S. Nyang, PhD.
Dr. Sulayman Nyang has served on Collections & Stories of American Muslims Inc, Board as Vice President since our inception in 1996. Dr. Sulayman Nyang 1944-2018 He serves as a director of Muslim Media Network Inc. He has served as a Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Gambia to Saudi Arabia and seven other North African and Middle Eastern Countries, was the founding editor of the American Journal of Islamic Studies, now known as American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and was also the President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists.