The American Muslim
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The American Muslim (sometimes called TAM) began as a quarterly print journal, in print from 1989 to 1995. Founded by Editor Sheila Musaji, The American Muslim featured original art, Islamic calligraphy, diverse articles and prose. The journal covered a wide range of topics and interests, and though centered in Islam, The American Muslim is notable for focusing on interfaith and intercommunity dialogue to “promote peace, justice, and reconciliation for all humanity”. Each issue of the magazine included an original piece of calligraphy by Mohamed Zakariya. TAM is considered an important Islamic organ speaking out against terrorism.
The publication was produced entirely by volunteer effort.
After print publication ceased, The American Muslim continued as an E-mail newsletter with a relatively small circulation for some time, and then on January 1, 2002 The American Muslim went online with over 5,000 unique articles. Updated daily, the website has expanded coverage to breaking news, events, and new publications. It remains a volunteer effort with no paid staff.
In 2000, an organization calling itself The Muslim American Society, in no way affiliated with The American Muslim, began a magazine also called The American Muslim. This has caused a large amount of confusion as there is no affiliation between the two publications. Similarly, the name “The Muslim American Society” was the previously well-established name of W.D. Muhammad’s organization.
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