Edward E.																 Curtis

Edward E. Curtis

Professor of Religious Studies
William M. and Gail M. Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts
Adjunct Professor of American Studies and Africana Studies and History
Department: Africana Studies, American Studies, Religious Studies
(317) 278-1683
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 335F



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

Research & Community

Research & Community

Arab Indianapolis Community History Project

The Arab Indianapolis project explores and celebrates the history of Arab Americans in Greater India...




Courses in Africana Studies, American studies, history, and religious studies



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.