The country ballad “Hi Jolly” was written in 1963 by Randy Sparks about a Muslim Syrian of Greek origin named Hajji Ali who was hired by the U.S. military to open a camel route in 1856.
The project Muslims in the Mountain West chronicles the experiences of Muslims as they live and imagine their own Americanness. Here you will find primary research sources on the history of Islam in the six Rocky Mountain states with interviews, podcasts, photos and videos. This website is an online space for Muslim-Americans to speak loudly about their presence and culture in America’s heartland.
Click one of the 6 Rocky Mountain states to learn more about the Muslim population in that region.