In December 2017, Muslim Women For unveiled a small library of books available for on loan to members of our community wanting to expand their political awareness and social consciousness.
We are constantly rotating books and invite folks to donate books if they’d like. We ask that the topics of texts are related to social issues, political ideologies and intersectionality. If you have any questions or if you want to make a large book donation please contact us using the form below.
We have a wide variety of texts available for online reading. These are resources curated by members of our community and our co-founders. You may submit your own contributions via our submission form above. These resources are updated regularly and are not necessarily representational of our organization’s mission or values.
Simply put, we believe that all people should have access to a wide variety of information in order to have a more nuanced understanding of our global community. Every text in our libraries, online and physical, represent that belief. Please notify us if any of the links are no longer working so we can amend them. Happy reading!
Prison Abolition Syllabus
Prison Abolition Syllabus 2.0 is a resource for those already doing this work and those looking to learn more. We hope it will help deepen understandings, renew commitments, and carry the goal of prison abolition forward from the 2018 strike.
Black Women Syllabus
This syllabus was adapted from the syllabus “Black Womanhood,” designed by Jessica Marie Johnson and Martha S. Jones, first taught Spring 2018 at Johns Hopkins University.
Sudan Syllabus seeks to provide English-language resources about Sudanese history to academics, journalists, and Sudanese diaspora interested in learning more about Sudan.
South Africa History
Topics, timelines and articles that cover the social and political history of South Africa from prehistory to the present day
NC Muslim History Timeline
This timeline was developed by Muslim Women For to show the history of Muslims in North Carolina.
Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance. All readings are arranged by date of publication. This list is not meant to be exhaustive–you will find omissions. https://www.aaihs.org/resources/charlestonsyllabus/
Black Lives Matter At School: A Day of Understanding and Affirmation
The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.
A Black Feminist Apocalypse/Dystopian Survival Syllabus
#SLAY: Approaching The Black Lives Matter Movement
From the killings of teenagers Michael Brown and Vonderrick Myers in Ferguson, Missouri; to the suspicious death of activist Sandra Bland in Waller Texas; to the choke-hold death of Eric Garner in New York, to the killing of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida and 7 year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in Detroit, Michigan—-#blacklivesmatter has emerged in recent years as a movement committed to resisting, unveiling, and undoing histories of state sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies.
A History of Black Horror
Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman and Tananarive Due present a digital, living document we hope will guide further inquiry into what was covered in Horror Noire and beyond. This is just the beginning of what will be developed as we create a fluid discourse on Black horror from here on.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wHx6C-Oz9iqMg_dswL8UURfnD-fMVLwW/view
How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson
The following list was compiled by a community of teachers, academics, community leaders, and parents to teach about some aspect of the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. This is a snapshot of the recommendations that has been edited. The contributions continue on Twitter.
Lesson Resources for BLMPHLed
These resources are intended to serve as a guide for educators to foster dialogue around the 13 Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter and racial justice during the week of January 23-28, 2017. We have intended to make our resources accessible, so that they are able to be adapted to work in the individual classrooms of educators across our city and region. We know that this work has been happening in our classrooms before this week, and will continue after, but we think it is important to make a concerted effort to shine a light on the Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter for
Resources for Organizers
The goal of this project is to provide teachers, professors, researchers, journalists, and people interested in learning more about Islam with resources on Black Muslims to promote a more inclusive approach to the study of Islam.
Islamophobia is Racism Syllabus
The Black Film Critic Syllabus
Film Theory, as concerns Black American cinema between 1967 and the present, is marked by several characteristics. Nearly all of the books and articles are underwritten by a sense of urgency regarding the tragic history and bleak future of a group of people marked by slavery in the Western Hemisphere; this, they would all agree, is the constitutive element of the word Black. To this end, most are concerned with how cinematic representation hastens that bleak future or intervenes against it. Cinema then, has pedagogic value, or, perhaps more precisely, pedagogic potential. Broadly speaking, Black film theory hinges on these questions: What does cinema teach Blacks about Blacks? What does cinema teach Whites (and others) about Blacks? Are those lessons dialogic with Black liberation or with our further, and rapidly repetitive, demise?
Beyonce Syllabus Celebrating Black womanhood
The #LemonadeSyllabus is a robust, yet not exhaustive, 36 page booklet that has taken the advice of black women from all walks of life. The last six pages of the booklet contain the names and Twitter handles of the women who contributed.
While rooted in Lemonade, it has the substance of a course that could be offered from the departments of women’s studies or African American studies. The syllabus features over 200 resources ranging from readings, both fiction and autobiographical, to womanist theology to theatre and film.
Woker Than Thou: An Experimental Syllabus
This is a ten-week course on critical activist culture for community leaders, political activists, artists and organizers. It provides a space for those engaging in political activism to reflect on practices, beliefs, and ongoing conversations in social justice culture. In particular, we will be investigating how activist identities are formed through self-education, performance, and direct/indirect communication styles. We will also be taking a critical, yet gracious look at the collateral damage doled out by the antagonism in leftist activist culture. Although this course is not for academic credit, the readings and discussions will be heavily based on theory and cultural research. While this course is free to anyone who is interested, all students must commit to attending all of the classes (barring any personal emergencies).
The Luke Cage Syllabus: A Breakdown of All the Black Literature Featured in Netflix’s Luke Cage
A History of Black Horror
Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman and Tananarive Due present a digital, living document we hope will guide further inquiry into what was covered in Horror Noire and beyond. This is just the beginning of what will be developed as we create a fluid discourse on Black horror from here on.
This syllabus project contributes to the already substantial work of the Sacred Stones Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and the Oceti Sakowin Camp to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens traditional and treaty-guaranteed Great Sioux Nation territory. https://nycstandswithstandingrock.wordpress.com/standingrocksyllabus/
Essential topics, readings, and multimedia that provide historical context to current debates over immigration reform, integration, and citizenship
Urban Design Courses on Race and Justice
There are no urban design courses on race and justice, so here are documents that urban architects and designers would include in a syllabus for a course on race and justice. https://www.citylab.com/design/2015/05/there-are-no-urban-design-courses-on-race-and-justice-so-we-made-our-own-syllabus/393335/
Best Practices for Service Providers Working with Immigrants
4:44 Syllabus Exploring Black Masculinity
The 4:44 Syllabus is a living document created by Black men and masculine nonbinary people who were inspired by the labor of Black women, the emotional vulnerability of Jay-Z’s 4:44, focusing on Black men’s relationship to masculinity, emotional availability, maturity, sexuality, and Black capitalism. This syllabus provides resources to help us unpack the album’s content. The majority of articles can be accessed through the hyperlinks found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jcB5qo48VyMvkBjoV9oMW9xU2lR7Xp-WiGU5pIk3Zzo/edit?usp=sharing
Islam 101 Resource Guide
Black Disabled Woman Syllabus: A Compilation
Occupation & Colonialism
This syllabus was created as part of IfNotNow’s #YouNeverToldMe campaign to model for Jewish schools, camps and youth groups that it is possible and necessary for students of all ages to engage with the reality of the Occupation. The resources listed here were submitted by Rabbis, teachers, parents, alumni, journalists and other members of the Jewish community.
United States History
Voting History Timeline by Young People For https://docs.google.com/document/d/14cjydjKdi9Naq6QH9x9zPVPLJQkKPtnEAP1mSIP0z08/edit?usp=sharing
Crisis and Conflict in the Middle East: A Reading List
A reading list of key books which — through investigative journalism, graphic storytelling, and critical analysis – shed light on the unfolding crisis in the Middle East.
Academic Middle Eastern History Reading List
Essential Readings: Uprisings, Resistance, and Popular Mobilization in the Middle East and North Africa
We are excited to announce the first of an ongoing series of Essential Readings on the Arab Uprisings and revolution, ahead of the eighth anniversary of their launching in Tunisia in December 2010.