Munir A. Shaikh


Munir Shaikh has a masters degree in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has over 20 years of experience in public education and the non-profit world. Since 2003, Munir has taught courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam, and world history at several universities. He serves as the Executive Director of the Institute on Religion and Civic Values, an organization that provides academic resources, textbook reviews, and teacher training for U.S. K-12 social studies, and engages international educators and policymakers on curriculum development. Munir has been involved in national conversations about the need for religious literacy and constitutionally appropriate “teaching about religion.” He is a frequent commentator, textbook reviewer, consultant and technical advisor on issues pertaining to Islam’s place in world history, the practice of Islam and the Muslim community experience in contemporary America.



Recent Publications / Achievements

"Religious Pluralism: Getting to Know a Faith Community" in Stephen Burgard, ed., Faith, Politics and Press in Our Perilous Times. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2010.

Lead Writer. website. Unity Productions Foundation, 2007.

"Defining Islamic Education: Differentiation and Applications." Current Issues in Comparative Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Vol. 7(1). 2004.

"Geography" in Susan Douglass, ed., World Eras volume 2: The Rise and Spread of Islam 622-1500. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Publishing, 2002.

Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public School Classroom, 3rd edition. Fountain Valley, CA: Council on Islamic Education, 1995.