Makled, Hussein.

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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.

From the guide to the Hussein Makled papers, 1956-1999, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Hussein Makled papers, 1956-1999 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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associatedWith Berry, Nabih. person
associatedWith Chirri, Mohamad Jawad. person
associatedWith Elahi, Mohammad Ali. person
associatedWith Islamic Center Foundation Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Islamic Center of America (Dearborn, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jackson, Jesse, 1941- person
associatedWith Nasser, Gamal Abdel, 1918-1970 person
associatedWith Qāsim, Abd al-Karīm, 1914-1963 person
associatedWith Sadr, Mūsá. person
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Arab Americans--Michigan


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