Yahiya Emerick is a former President of the Islamic Foundation of North America, vice-principal at an Islamic school, and a Muslim author. He has written several articles and works of fiction that have been published in North America and abroad.


Emerick was born into an American Protestant Christian family, and converted to Islam in 1989 while a freshman at Michigan State University.[1] He later obtained a graduate degree in history.

Emerick has served as a Muslim lecturer, educator and prayer leader, but his greatest fame has come as an author. He founded Amirah Publishing in 1992, in order to further his goal of publishing American-oriented literature on Islam. Emerick's Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam has been distributed worldwide by Alpha books, while his juvenile fiction books have been rated amongst the very first examples of the Islamic fiction genre.[2] From 1998 until 2008 his books were all published by Noorart Inc.[3]


  • Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam
  • Critical Lives: Muhammad
  • Learning About Islam
  • Complete Idiot's Guide to Rumi Meditations
  • The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an in Today's English
  • My First Book About Islam
  • What Islam is All About
  • The Seafaring Beggar and Other Stories
  • How to Tell Others About Islam
  • Ahmad Deen and the Curse of the Aztec Warrior
  • Ahmad Deen and the Jinn at Shaolin
  • Layla Deen and the Case of the Ramadan Rogue
  • The Holy Qur'an for School Children
  • Muslim Youth Speak
  • Color and Learn Salah
  • In the Path of the Holy Prophet
  • Test Masters for What Islam is All About
  • Test Masters for Learning About Islam
  • My First Book about Eman
  • Full Circle: Story and Coloring Book
  • Isabella: a Girl of Muslim Spain
  • Layla Deen and the Popularity Contest


  1. ^ Emerick, Yahiya, Understanding Islam, Alpha Books, 2004. Second Edition. From the forward by Qusim Najar.
  2. ^ Islamic Fiction Books (IFB)
  3. ^ Noorart Inc. Products