The â€œEncyclopedia of Muslim-American History,â€ has been named one of best reference books of 2010 by â€œLibrary Journalâ€; one of the top 40 reference titles of 2010 by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association; an editorâ€™s choice reference source by â€œBooklistâ€ ; and an â€œhonor bookâ€ by the Society of School Librarians International.
The recognition is gratifying for the encyclopediaâ€™s general editor, Edward E. Curtis IV, Millennium Chair of Liberal Arts and professor of religious studies at IUPUI. â€œThis is exactly the kind of attention we need to get this encyclopedia into public and school libraries, where the reference is really needed,â€ said Curtis.
Ten undergraduates and one graduate student from the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI are among the 125 contributors to the â€œEncyclopedia of Muslim-American History,â€ published in 2010. The IUPUI students contributed entries to the reference book by way of Curtisâ€™ spring 2008 religious studies course on Islam in America.
A recent wave of Islamophobia, including protests over the so-called â€œGround Zero mosqueâ€ in Lower Manhattan, a number of state legislative attempts to outlaw shariâ€˜a, or Islamic law and ethics, and U.S. Rep. Peter Kingâ€™s hearings in the House of Representatives on Muslim American â€œradicalismâ€, has helped to make Muslim Americans more visible and more vulnerable.
â€œKnowledge of the various contributions made by Muslim Americans to U.S. societyâ€ has never been more critical, according to one review of the encyclopedia.
â€œMany of todayâ€™s anti-Muslim sentiments express the idea that Muslims and their cultures are foreign to America,â€ said Curtis. â€œThe encyclopedia shows instead how Muslims and Islam have been part of American life since before the republic was even founded.â€
Several reviews of the â€œEncyclopedia of Muslim-American Historyâ€ describe the reference as the first to chart the long history of Muslims in the United States.
â€œIt is unique in that there is no other source that chronicles the history of Muslim-American experience so broadly,â€ states â€œReference Reviews.â€In addition to covering religion, the encyclopedia analyzes Muslim contributions to realms of American life such as agriculture, poetry, basketball, philanthropy, and politics.
According to Curtis, the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI deserves some credit for the referenceâ€™s success. â€œBy creating an environment where public scholarship is rewarded rather than punished,â€ he asserts, â€œthe school is helping to show how the liberal arts are essential to navigating todayâ€™s world.â€
Halal poultry plant to add new jobs
PRINCESS ANNE, MD–Tauherr Poultry plans on bringing 15 to 25 jobs to Princess Anne. The company plans to use the recently purchased plant in the Princess Anne Industrial Park to process halal chicken.
Terrence Nichols, part owner of Tauherr Poultry, says heâ€™s excited to help and bring jobs to the community. The facility in Princess Anne is already paid for. Nichols met with Somerset County town commissioners on Monday evening to explain his plans and inform them of the jobs the plant will create.
Nichols says the plant is looking to serve a niche market. Halal chickens are prepared according to Islamic dietary laws.
Naiyer Imam appointed to Stem Cell Assurance
JUPITER, FL–Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. today announced it has created a Scientific Advisory Board and has appointed Naiyer Imam, M.D., M.Sc. to serve as an advisor. Dr. Imam will assist the Company in establishing strategic relationships with leading physicians, scientists, and medical institutions as well as participating in potential clinical trials and stem cell applications.
Dr. Imam received a Medical Degree at an accelerated program from Brown University, as well as a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics at Harvard University. Dr. Imam completed his radiology training at USF in Florida and a neuroradiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, MD. His previous academic posting include Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Professor of Radiology at Virginia Tech School of Medicine. Dr. Imam is well published in the medical and radiological literature as a physician, computer scientist and businessman.
Dr. Imam is currently serving as the chairman and CEO of Advanced Medical Imaging and Teleradiology, LLC — a new-generation teleradiology corporation that he founded in 2009. Dr. Imam is also the chairman of Gulf Advanced Imaging Corporation, a growing network of imaging centers based in Dubai, UAE. He has previously served as medical director for NightHawk Radiology Services, a publicly traded corporation, and chairman of American Teleradiology Nighthawks (ATN). He has previously served as chairman of Medical Imaging Specialists, a radiology corporation that he founded in Virginia, which served as a base for a number of imaging centers and surgical centers that Dr. Imam has either founded or developed.
Dr. Imam commented, â€œI am delighted to be involved with Stem Cell Assurance as a member of its Scientific Advisory Board. Stem cell science is a very exciting and evolving industry and Stem Cell Assurance is appropriately building its management and advisory team to ensure progressive strides in its research and clinical initiatives.â€
Mark Weinreb, Stem Cell Assuranceâ€™s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, â€œWe are very pleased to have Dr. Imam, a highly regarded physician and scientist, join our Scientific Advisory Board. His expertise in medicine, science and business will prove to be highly beneficial to the Companyâ€™s ongoing efforts in supporting our growth and expansion.â€