Muslim Presence in the Early Americas: Before Columbus to the Atlantic Slave Trade Period

When: Saturday, May 29th and Saturday, June 5th; 10 am to 2 pm EST each day
Location:  ONLINE ONLY


Description: This workshop begins by challenging the “Columbus Myth” and discussing the early Americas. Examples of Muslim achievements, actual maps, historical writings and eyewitness repots are used to justify Muslim presence in pre-Columbus America. Artifacts, linguistic proofs, place names and physical proofs will show the authenticity of the journeys and Muslim presence. Muslim presence among the early Spanish explorers will be documented and actual groupings of people connected to the early colonization of the Americas will be brought forward.

The second part of the workshop will look at the Atlantic Slave Trade and establish the presence of Muslims among the enslaved Africans. Arabic writings, autobiographies, eyewitness reports and existing proofs will authenticate this exciting yet untold story. Emphasis will be placed on telling the stories of the enslaved Africans and how they were connected with African Americans and Islamic movements of the 20th century. A survey of the indentured labor period of the 19th century will also shed light on Muslim presence in early America.


Learning outcomes:

The students should come out of the workshop with a new understanding of the history of the Americas and a desire to continue the research. Access to references should equip the researcher to question the Eurocentric approach to history and bring sound, authentic proofs. This should open up the minds of the students and in some cases, raise their self esteem and clear up their misunderstanding of the presence of Muslims in this part of the world.


Any lover of history or student of the early Americas should attend. Even the non-student community people will benefit from the workshop, as it will be told in a narrative style. There will also be details given and hard evidence for the high level historians. Sufficient time will be allotted for discussion and debate around this evolving subject.


Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick, PhD, is a senior historian, having accomplished a lifetime worth of achievements spanning many continents while enlightening the lives of millions. He is the Head of AlMaghrib’s Sīrah and Islamic History Department.

Dr. Abdullah was born in the United States of America and accepted Islam in Canada in 1970. He pursued his study of Islam at the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia where he graduated and received an Ijaza from the College of Da’wah and Islamic Sciences in 1979, one of the first two students to do so from the West.

He later completed a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in African History at the University of Toronto in Canada. His thesis was an analysis of the early life of Sheikh ‘Uthman Dan Fodio, a great West African Scholar, Mujahid, and social activist.

Shaykh Abdullah has served as Imam, missionary, teacher, counsellor and media consultant in the USA, Canada, South Africa and the West Indies, and is still going strong! For three years he contributed to the religious page of Canada’s leading newspaper. He has travelled to over 61 countries on lecture, research and educational tours.

He keeps the online world fascinated by his daily posts on his social media channels covering his travels and other incredible sights of geography and history of the modern world. He also leads annual tours at historic sites like Spain, Morocco and Turkey. Presently he is a Senior Lecturer with the Islamic Institute of Toronto (I.I.T.) and the Outreach Coordinator with the Canadian Council of Imams.


General admission: $60

Students: $20

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