Hussein Makled papers: 1956-1999
Summary Information
Title: Hussein Makled papers
Creator: Makled, Hussein.
Inclusive dates: 1956-1999
Extent: 0.4 linear feet
Abstract:
Hussein Makled is a leader in the Arab American community of Southeastern Michigan, one of the founding members of the Islamic Center of America. The papers of Hussein Makled document his work as a leader of the Islamic Center of America and its predecessor organizations, as well as the career of Imam Mohamad Jawad Chirri.
Call number: 07115 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English, Arabic, Farsi
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Leonard A. Coombs, 2007

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Hussein Makled (donor no. 9928) in 2007.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Hussein Makled papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Hussein Makled is a leader in the Arab American community of Southeastern Michigan, one of the founding members of the Islamic Center of America. Makled moved to Highland Park, Mich., from Lebanon in the 1940s because of the economic opportunities in Michigan. He joined the Hashmi Society, a mosque in Dearborn's South End, and soon convinced the scholar Mohamad Jawad Chirri, who he had known in Lebanon, to provide guidance to the society. Chirri became imam of the Hashmi Society, and Chirri and Makled, along with a group of young members, began raising money to build a proper mosque. After years of fundraising, which included a gift of over $40,000 from Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, ground was broken for the Islamic Center of Detroit in 1962. Makled remained active in the Center as it grew to become the Islamic Center of America and moved to a new mosque, dedicated in 2003, known as the largest mosque in North America.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers of Hussein Makled document his work as a leader of the Islamic Center of America and its predecessor organizations, as well as the career of Imam Mohamad Jawad Chirri. The collection is divided into two series: Topical files and Photographs.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Arab Americans -- Michigan.
  • Muslims -- Michigan.
  • Arab Americans -- Michigan -- Spiritual life.
  • Iran.
  • Mosques -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Religious services -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Religious services -- Iran.
  • Photographs.
  • Chirri, Mohamad Jawad.
  • Islamic Center of America (Dearborn, Mich.)
  • Islamic Center Foundation Society.
  • Makled, Hussein.
  • Chirri, Mohamad Jawad.
  • Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
  • Islamic Center of America (Dearborn, Mich.)
  • Nasser, Gamal Abdel, 1918-1970.
  • Qāsim, Abd al-Karīm, 1914-1963.
  • Sadr, Mūsá.
  • Berry, Nabih.
  • Elahi, Mohammad Ali.
  • Nasser, Gamal Abdel, 1918-1970.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Topical files [series]

The Topical files series includes records of the Islamic Center Foundation Society, the organization that planned and raised funds for the building of the Islamic Center of Detroit. Of particular interest is a letter that accompanied Egyptian president Nasser's contribution to the center in 1959. The series also includes writings by and about Imam Chirri, along with one letter of Chirri's successor, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi, describing the situation at the Center in 1994.

Box   1  
Berry, Nabih, essay re Mohamad Jawad Chirri
Box   1  
Chirri, Mohamad Jawad, essay re Five schools of Islamic jurisprudence
Box   1  
Elahi, Mohammad Ali, letter re Islamic Center of America (in Farsi) 1994
 
Islamic Center Foundation Society
Box   1  
Constitution
Box   1  
Correspondence re donation from Gamal Abdel Nasser 1959
Box   1  
Correspondence re Swiss bank account 1960-1961
Box   1  
Correspondence miscellaneous 1962
Box   1  
Financial records 1956-1960
Box   1  
Financial records 1960-1970 (4 volumes)
Box   1  
Financial reports 1962, 1966
Box   1  
Financial miscellaneous
Box   1  
Minutes 1956-1959
Box   1  
Islamic Center of Detroit, board members circa 1965
Box   1  
Islamic Center of America, correspondence and other documents 1990-1995
Box   1  
Islamic Services, Inc. 1994
Box   1  
Ismail, Vehbi, pamphlet owned by
Box   1  
Makled, Hussein, essay re Mohamad Jawad Chirri
Box   1  
Makled, Hussein, essay re history of Islamic Center
Box   1  
Miscellanea
 
Photographs [series]

The photograph series contains photos relating to the Islamic Center mosque built in 1962 and 1963 and to the career of Imam Chirri. Photos are included of Chirri with various Islamic and world leaders, among them Jesse Jackson, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Abdul Karim Qassem, and Moussa al-Sadr, along with photos of Chirri leading Friday prayers in Iran in 1979.

Box   1  
Chirri, Mohamad Jawad
Box   1  
Iran, Chirri leading Friday prayers 1979
Box   1  
Islamic Center of America