Muslim Americans in the Military

Centuries of Service

by Edward E. Curtis IV

Published by: Indiana University Press

89 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 14 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253027177
  • Published: October 2016


  • eBook
  • 9780253027214
  • Published: October 2016


Since the Revolutionary War, Muslim Americans have served in the United States military, risking their lives to defend a country that increasingly looks at them with suspicion and fear. In Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service, Edward E. Curtis illuminates the long history of Muslim service members who have defended their country and struggled to practice their faith. Profiling soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors since the dawn of our country, Curtis showcases the real stories of Muslim Americans, from Omer Otmen, who fought fiercely against German forces during World War I, to Captain Humayun Khan, who gave his life in Iraq in 2004. These true stories contradict the narratives of hate and fear that have dominated recent headlines, revealing the contributions and sacrifices that these soldiers have made to the United States.