Jamillah Karim is an author and former Professor of Religion at Spelman College. She specializes in Islam and Muslims in the United States (African American, South Asian and Arab), Islamic Feminism, Race and Ethnicity, and Immigration and Transnational Identity. She is currently completing a manuscript on relations between African American and immigrant Muslims. She investigates what it means to negotiate Islamic ideals of community (ummah) against America’s race and class hierarchies. Jamillah also researches and writes on how American Muslim women navigate gendered mosque space. Her most recent research project investigates civic engagement among second-generation American Muslims. She is the author of several published articles including “To Be Black, Female, and Muslim: A Candid Conversation about Race in the American Ummah” and “Islam for the People: Muslim Men’s Voices on Race and Ethnicity in the American Ummah.” Jamillah has presented her research to several scholarly communities including Princeton, Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Brandeis. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. In her spare time, she contributes to Azizah, an American Muslim women’s magazine. She occasionally appears on local cable shows in Atlanta to discuss various topics on Islam. Jamillah obtained her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Duke University where she also did her undergraduate work in electrical engineering. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta, GA where she was raised in an active African American Muslim community.



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