Book details

Publication date: June 2018
Features: 36 B&W photographs, 1 map, appendices, bibliography, index
Keywords: Islamic Community / Religious History
Subject(s): RELIGION / Islam / General, Islamic Community / Religious History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies, HISTORY / Canada / General, Social groups: religious groups & communities, Islamic Community / Religious History, Black Authors and Authors of Colour, Alberta History, Regional History, Regional Interest, Religious Studies, Humanities
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Earle H. Waugh. Earle H. Waugh has primarily studied Islam in Canada and the Middle East throughout his academic career. A Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, he is also a senior scholar with publications in a variety of cultural areas, including religious studies, health and culture, and Indigenous language maintenance. Now retired, he lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Baha Abu-Laban.

"The Al-Rashid Mosque, Canada’s first and one of the earliest in North America, was established in Edmonton against all odds and has become an enduring success story of community, resilience and the constant striving for peace." [Full article at]

Scott Hayes, St. Albert Gazette

"The micro-history of Edmonton’s Muslim community opens up vistas on the broader Canadian history and the role of Muslims in forming national projects and identities. Waugh outlines shifts in Islamic educational programs and community leadership, as well as the political terrains Muslims needed to traverse. Overall, the book offers a readable and robust history that adds a unique story to the history of Canada." [Interview at]

Kristian Petersen, New Books Network

"[Al Rashid Mosque] looks at the history of a very notable place of worship in Canada, but more importantly explores the broader history of Canadian Muslims, which is an integral part of Canadian history. I wholeheartedly recommend it to readers..."

Jatinder Mann, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol 32, Nos 1-2, 2019-2020

"In this rich and many-sided story, Waugh contextualizes Al Rashid’s stages of development within local, national, and international history."

Harold Coward, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria

"Al Rashid Mosque will help show future generations how the Muslim faith became intricately woven into the Canadian tapestry."

Shayda Nanji, Registered Professional Counsellor

INDIE Book of the Year Awards (Regional) | Foreword Reviews, United States
1 | Leaving for Rihla
The Homeland Situation and the Travelling Identity, 1850s–1930s
2 | The Foundations of Al Rashid
Creating a Social and Cultural Place, 1930–1970
3 | The Evolution of a Canadian Mosque Tradition
The New Al Rashid, 1975–2005
4 | Conserving a Canadian Islamic Community during Adversity
Al Rashid Post 9/11, 2001–2010
5 | Transitioning into the Future
2010s and Beyond
Epilogue: The Iconic Al Rashid, Its Community, and Rihla
ISBNs: 9781772123395 978-1-77212-339-5 Title: al rashid mosque