The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo: Celebrating the History of Northwest Ohio's Muslim Community

Introduction

On May 5, 2019, the BGSU Center for Archival Collections (CAC), in partnership with the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT), hosted a public Community Scan Day at the ICGT, to which members of the greater Toledo community were invited to bring any archival materials they may have in their personal possession - including documents, photographs, printed ephemera, audio recordings, etc. - that document the history of Northwest Ohio's Muslim community.

Muslims at a community picnic in Toledo, circa 1950s

Materials brought to the event by participants were digitized onsite by CAC staff, and both the original and digital copies of the materials were then returned to their owners.  With the owners' permission, the CAC also maintained digital copies of the materials for its own collections.  The Community Scan Day was made possible by a Common Heritage grant awarded to the CAC and ICGT by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

This exhibit brings together a selection of images contributed by several individuals during the Community Scan Day.  Images document the opening of Toledo's first Islamic Center in 1954; the building of the ICGT's present-day mosque in the early 1980s; the people who have nurtured, grown, and sustained the ICGT over the decades; and Muslims' engagement in the greater Toledo community.

Credits

This exhibit was curated by the BGSU Special Collections' Common Heritage project team (Dave Lewis, Sound Archivist, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives; Nick Pavlik, Curator of Manuscripts and Digital Projects, Center for Archival Collections; and Michelle Sweetser, Head Librarian, Center for Archival Collections), in collaboration with Islamic Center of Greater Toledo past president Cherrefe Kadri. Images included in the exhibit were selected from Community Scan Day contributions made by Naveed Ahmed, Cherrefe Kadri, Shazli Khan, Yossef Olive, Aneesa Shaheen, Miriam Shousher, and Hussien Shousher.