Founded in 1976 and based in Chicago, American Trust Publications (ATP) is a division of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), which itself is a subsidiary of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ATP is a publishing house dedicated to producing “high-quality, accurate literature about Islam” for people of all ages. As of mid-2010, it had published more than 100 books.
Through its books, ATP aims “to educate and instruct the Muslims in North America [about] the dynamic role of Islam in its encounter with the modern world”; to “prepare [Muslims] to play their destined role as a great cultural and spiritual force in the Western hemisphere”; to imbue readers with a “desire for the Islamic way of life, the knowledge of Islamic teachings, and a will to practice them”; and to help Muslims develop an “appreciation for Islamic history and the universal brotherhood in Islam,” as well as “consciousness of their distinct and unique Islamic identity.”
ATP’s “Cultural Orientation” program produces both fiction and nonfiction books geared for young audiences; their purpose is “to make the Muslim child feel good about himself within an Islamic culture.” Featured in this series are books on the Prophet Mohammad and his companions, biographies of “notable and heroic Muslims past and present,” and books showing “the beauty and philosophy of Islamic art and architecture.”
ATP’s adult-oriented books fall into three categories:
Other significant ATP titles include Gender Equity in Islam; A Glimpse into the Glorious Qur’an; Muslim Contribution to Civilization; Islam and Universal Peace; Stories of Great Muslims; and Jihad: A Commitment to Universal Peace. Among the more prominent authors of ATP books are Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Jamal Badawi. Many of ATP’s publications are sold through the Islamic Book Service.
ATP was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document — titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” — as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded “organizations of our friends” that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
Also named in the Muslim Brotherhood document were: