Black Lives Matter (Summer 2020)

Srinathji with Black Power Fist by Priya Kothar

Articles and Books

Achinger, Christine and Robert Fine, eds. Antisemitism, Racism and Islamophobia: Distorted Faces of Modernity. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Ahmad, Dohra.Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Allen, Chris. Islamophobia. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Austin, Allan D. African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Bald, Vivek Bengali Harlem And the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013. [Note: Chapter 2 “Between Hindoo and Negro”]

Berg Herbert. Elijah Muhammad and Islam. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Bhatia, Sunil. American Karma: Race, Culture, and Identity in the Indian Diaspora. New York: New York University Press, 2007.[Note: An in-depth qualitative psychological study of Asian Indian immigrants’ work to control perceived differences between themselves and white Americans. Ultimately, the author notes the ambivalence that this community has about its racial identity in the United States and examines the causes of this ambivalence. Although religion is marginal to this study, it is helpful in contextualizing issues of race and identity.]

Daulatzai, Sohail. Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

DeTemple, Jill and John Sarrouf. “Disruption, dialogue, and swerve: Reflective structured dialogue in religious studies classrooms,” Teaching Theology and Religion 20.3 2017: 283-292.

Desai, Manan. “Caste in Black and White: Dalit Identity and the Translation of African American Literature,” Comparative Literature 67.1 (2015): 94-113.

————- The United States of India: Anticolonial Literature and Transnational Refraction  (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2020).

Diouf, Sylviane A. Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Ernst, Carl W., ed. Islamophobia in America: The Anatomy of Intolerance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Fuller, C. J. 2011 “Caste, Race, and Hierarchy in the American South.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17.3 (2011): 604–621.

Garrod, Andrew and Robert Kilkenny, eds. Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Life Stories. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2014.

Harpalani, Vinay. “To Be White, Black, or Brown? South Asian Americans and the Race-Color Distinction,”Washington University Global Studies Law Review 14.4 (2015): 609-636.

Hill, Jack A. “Fighting the elephant in the room: Ethical reflections on white privilege and other systems of advantage in the teaching of religion.” Teaching Theology and Religion, 12 (2009): 3‐ 23.

Hong, Jane H. Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

Horne, Gerald.The End of Empires: African Americans and India. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.

Immerwahr, Daniel. “Caste or Colony? Indianizing Race in the United States,” Modern Intellectual History 4.2 (2007): 275–301

Iwamura, Jane Naomi, and Paul Spickard, eds. Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America. New York: Routledge, 2003.[Note: This edited volume examines the lived religions of racialized Asian and Pacific American communities. The introduction frames the essays by arguing that race and religion must be understood to function together.]

Jackson, Sherman. Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Joshi, Khyati Y. New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2006.[Note: Major study of the ways that race and religion affect ethnic identity among second-generation Indian Americans]

————- “The Racialization of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism in the United States,” Equity & Excellence in Education 39 (2006): 211-226. [doi: 10.1080/10665680600790327][Note: A useful overview of the process by which Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh South Asian Americans’ religions are “racialized”. Argues that this racialization of religion has several consequences including the delegitimizing of these religions, the double “othering” of members of these populations, and the theological conflation of Hinduism, Sikhism, and Islam.]

Khabeer, Su’ad Abdul. Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States. New York: NYU Press, 2016.

King Jr, Martin L. “My Trip to the Land of Gandhi”

————- “Palm Sunday Sermon on Mohandas K. Gandhi, Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church”

King, Mary. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: The Power of Nonviolent Action. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 1999.

Leonard, Karen Isaksen. Making Ethnic Choices: California’s Punjabi Mexican Americans. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010.

Mamdani, Mahmood. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror. New York: Pantheon, 2004.

Marzouki, Nadia. Islam: An American Religion. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017 (2013).

Márquez John D. and Junaid Rana. “Black Radical Possibility and the Decolonial International,” South Atlantic Quarterly 116.3 (2017): 505-528.

Meijer, Roel. ed., Global Salafism: Islamʼs New Religious Movement. London: Hurst & Company, 2009.

Morey, Peter, and Amina Yaqin. Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation after 9/11. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Nimer, Mohamed, ed. Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies. Beltsville, MD: Amana, 2007.

Pandey, Gyanendra. A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Pres, 2013.

————-  Subaltern Citizens and Their Histories: Investigations from India and the USA. London: Routledge, 2010.

Prashad, Vijay. Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.

————- Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today. New York: New Press, 2012.


Saunders, Jennifer. Imagining Religious Communities: Transnational Hindus and their Narrative Performances. New York: Oxford, 2019. [Note: Chapter five “Neither Black nor White: Moving to Atlanta of the New South”]

Sayyid, S., and AbdoolKarim Vakil, eds. Thinking through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Shah, Nayan.Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

Shryock, Andrew, ed. Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

Slate, Nico. Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.

————- Lord Cornwallis is Dead: The Struggle for Democracy in the United States and India. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2019.

————- “The Dalit Panthers: race, caste, and Black power in India.” In Black Power beyond Borders: The Global Dimensions of the Black Power Movement, ed. Nico Slate. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Snow, Jennifer. “The Civilization of White Men: The Race of the Hindu in United States V. Bhagat Singh Thind.” In Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas. Edited by Henry Goldschmidt and Elizabeth McAlister, 259-280. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.[Note: description and analysis of the landmark Supreme Court case that determined that Asian Indians were ineligible for naturalized citizenship.]

Sohi, Seema. Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Visweswaran, Kamala.Un/common Cultures: Racism and the Rearticulation of Cultural Difference. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.


Films and Television

Bieber, Jeff, et al. Asian Americans. 2020.

Johar, Karan, dir. My Name is Khan. 2010[Note: does have Black American characters, but some have been criticized as stereotypes, so use this film with caution.]

Minhaj, Hasan. “We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd | Patriot Act Digital Exclusive | Netflix” Patriot Act. 2020.

Nair, Mira, dir. Mississippi Masala. 1992.


Online Resources

Antiracists’ Allyship Starter Kit:

Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality Reading List:

Beard, Mary. “Statue Wars.” TLS. n.d 2020.

Black Desi Secret History:

“Black Lives Matter.” n.d. 2020. 

Gandhi, Shreena, et al. “More than a Reading List: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in the Field of South Asian Religions.” Down with the Brown. June 18, 2020. 

South Asians 4 Black Lives:

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA):

“Thousands call for Shrewsbury’s Clive of India statue to go.” BBC News. June 9, 2020.

Viswanathan, Indu. “Lost in Conflation: Calling in Indian Hindu Americans to talk about Black Lives Matter.” The Medium. June 3, 2020.

Radio and Podcasts

Savitri Devi: From the Aryans to the Alt-right:

Sidi Project:

“Let’s Talk about Racism: I am tired of being a black man in India.”



Srinathji with Black Power Fist by Priya Kothar

Srinathji with Black Power Fist by Priya Kothari 2020


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June 10, 2020