What has been said about some of Precious’ writing:
Publishers Weekly, “the 136-year-old international news magazine of the $23 billion dollar book industry” that “reaches every major publisher worldwide” describes Precious Rasheeda Muhammad’s chapter, “To Be Young, Gifted, Black, American, Muslim, And Woman,” in the book, as one of the “best” and “most absorbing essays” … in an anthology that “opens the door for other writers to explore the important and understudied topic of Muslim American women.”
What people have said about Precious over the years:
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research:
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad is a first-rate scholar who has quickly established herself as an authority on the history of Islam in America, especially with regard to the African American community. At Harvard, she worked tirelessly with the Department of African and African American Studies and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research to organize film series, exhibitions, and conferences on American Islam. A researcher who recovered a major autobiographical text and a natural teacher, Precious Muhammad is a rising star in a field which will only grow more important in the 21st century.
Michael Wolfe, Award-winning author and film producer:
Precious Muhammad knows whereof she speaks, and she puts on great conferences.
Ben Arnoldy, News Producer, The Christian Science Monitor:
Precious Muhammad helped me locate representatives among the Muslim-American community. She is well connected among a new generation of Muslims-Americans and speaks with authority.
Wendy Schuman, Managing Editor, Beliefnet.Com:
Precious Muhammad wrote an outstanding chapter on the history of African Muslims for the Beliefnet/Rodale book Taking Back Islam. Her exceptional scholarship matched by her humane and compelling writing, made her essay an invaluable addition to the book.
Jenelle Cooper Tolson, Public Affairs Specialist and Events Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum:
Precious Muhammad is a wealth of knowledge and a well versed individual. An eloquent speaker, Ms. Muhammad was truly an asset to our panel discussion on Muslim American Women. If she is not already on your calendar, book her now for she is highly sought after.
Jocelyne Cesari, Director of the Islam in the West Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University:
Since I have been working at Harvard University on Muslims in America, I have been in touch with Precious Rasheeda Muhammad. I attended the very successful conferences on Islam in American she organized on campus, which drew a very large audience of students and scholars. I could also experience her services when she helped me contacting potential speakers for my seminar on Islam in the West. She is undoubtedly an accomplished young scholar, dedicated to her research with a great empirical knowledge on Muslims in America.
Ali Asani, Professor of the Practice of Indo-Muslim Languages and Cultures, Harvard University, Study of Religion:
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad is a keen reseacher of Islam in America, in particular the African-American experience. She is among the most promising younger scholars in this subject and I have benefited much from her insights into the many dimensions of the lived experience of being an African-American Muslim in the United States.
Gini Reticker, Academy and Emmy award-nominated documentary director and producer:
Precious Muhammed is a veritable treasure trove of information on the location of images that illustrate the Muslim-American experience. The curiosity and passion she brings to her research make her a sheer delight to work with.
Jennifer Bennett, Center for Women & Enterprise, Director of Development:
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad’s work has contributed so much to the discussion and education of the general public about the nature of Islamic practice both here in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is critical to creating greater understanding and tolerance of an important cultural group that has recently come under much scrutiny. We have been proud to assist her in crafting her organizational strategy, and creating her publishing company.
Myrtho Moise, Former Client Services Manager, Center for Women & Enterprise:
Precious is a Pioneer in laying down the foundation for dialogue among Muslims and the non Muslim Community in America.
Tayyibah Taylor, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Azizah Magazine:
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad has impressed audiences while skillfully educating them on Islam in America with great eloquence and competence. The depth of her knowledge and proficiency belie her age. Her combination of intelligence, scholarship and passion is a winning formula.
Nadirah Z. Sabir, journalist:
The first anniversary of 9.11 was coming up and huge sections of coverage were being planned at the daily paper. I decided to do a six-part series on the state of Muslims in America, an angle almost completely ignored. I wanted to talk it through with an expert in the field, someone whose life experiences, research and professional contacts effortlessly spanned socioeconomic or ethnocentric boundaries within Muslim Americana. Naturally, I turned to Precious Muhammad.
Karen M. Landolt, Attorney at Law:
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad is an impressive, motivated, and inspiring entrepreneur. It has been my honor to represent and advise her regarding the legal matters involved in starting a publishing company. Ms. Muhammad combines the passion of her convictions with the dedication, commitment, and stick-to-itivness necessary to achieve any task. I am proud of my association with her and I look forward to even greater successes in the future.
Imam Faheem Shuaibe, Oakland, CA:
Her name says it all very eloquently “Precious” meaning rare, exquisite, of great value that is ever increasing. Cultures and societies pray and work for generations for such persons. The hopes of a people hang on the potential and the life of individuals of her caliber. I am deeply grateful to Allah (God) to have had the blessed opportunity to meet her and know of her great and growing talents. Such seasoned scholarship in such a young person is rare and “precious.” It hearkens back to the young Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Dubois and Mary Mccleod Bethune. Those who have hope for the future of the African American Intellect of either gender -”Behold ” Precious Muhammad!
Iza Hussin, now Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Political Science and the College:
Precious Muhammad speaks with a clear, strong voice on issues of faith, knowledge, history and community. She speaks, writes and organizes out of deep commitments to community and to scholarship; she is open, generous and original. Her fascinating insights on Islam in America are valuable precisely because she is a part of the world and history she describes, and she has always been a convincing and moving advocate for the cause of education and communication among Muslims, and between communities.