01/28/2011 04:33 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

CU-Boulder Group Researching Rocky Mountain Muslim History

Assistant journalism professor Nabil Echchaibi knew he was a pioneering researcher, but he didn't realize just how virgin the territory was until he and a team of University of Colorado students began exploring Rocky Mountain Muslim communities.

Echchaibi, associate director of CU-Boulder's Center for Media, Religion and Culture -- which began the project more than a year ago -- aspires to write a cultural history for the region's Muslims.