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Fatimah Fanusie, Ph.D.

Program Director for Justice Leaders


Fatimah Fanusie is a historian of 19th- and 20th-century American religion whose research is an evolving reappraisal of the study of African American Islam, the modern Civil Rights Movement and Islam in the West. She is also a lecturer in the Islamic Studies department at Johns Hopkins University and a Historian Consultant for the Howard Thurman Historical home in Daytona Beach, Florida. She received her B.A. in History and Arabic from Lincoln University, her M.A. in American History from Tufts University, and her Ph.D. in American History from Howard University.

  • Islamic Development in America up to 1965
  • African American Islam
  • African American Religion and the Long Civil Rights Movement
Selected Presentations
  • “Thinking Interreligiously on Civic Challenges: Water Justice and the Abrahamic Traditions,” International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) Annual Meeting, June 22, 2021
  • “Anti-Black Racism, Antisemitism & Islamophobia Today – Interrogating the Role of Supersessionism in White Supremacy,” Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Meeting, Christianity & Judaism Consultation, June 11, 2021
  • “Mapping Islam and Justice onto the City of Boston: Mohammad’s Temple No. 11 and the Economic and Social Empowerment of 1948-1998,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2020 
  • “Water Justice in the Abrahamic Traditions,” Morgan State University, January 2020

Select Publications and Presentations

Story Corps: Fatimah Fanusie and Faridah Abdul-Tawwab Brown

Twin sisters, Fatimah Fanusie (46) and Faridah Abdul-Tawwab Brown (46), share a conversation about their unwavering and unquestioning identity as Muslim African-American women.


Water Justice in Islamic Tradition(s)

Four-part original video and discussion series, part of the ICJS Imagining Justice in Baltimore initiative


Fard Muhammad in Historic Context

Fanusie speaks at Georgetown University on Fard Muhammad, founder of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, one aspect of strategic Ahmadiyya efforts to cultivate Islam in America.