|Chicago's Muslims in Their Own Voices: Lived Identity in the First Person is an outreach project that documents the wide range of experience and outlook among Muslims residing in the greater Chicago area. It consists of over 130 recorded interviews with members of Chicago's extremely diverse Muslim communities, including people of South Asian, Arab, Persian, Turkish, Bosnian, Hispanic, African, and European descent. Some are converts and others life-long Muslims. The project was designed and executed by the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and South Asian Language and Area Center (SALAC), and was funded through a generous
||grant from the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) Academia and the Public Sphere initiative.
In putting together Chicago’s Muslims in Their Own Voices: Lived Identity in the First Person we had two major goals.
First, we intended to enhance our capacity as U.S. Department of Education National Resource Centers focusing on the Middle East and South Asia to talk to the public about Muslims in the Chicago area.[MORE]