as-Salaamu ‘alaykum and welcome. My name is Marc.

I am the Imam and Religious Director at Middle Ground in sunny southern California. This website features some of my articles, blog posts, and other information about the classes I teach and the work I do in the Muslim community. For more info on me you can check out my Bio. I hope you’ll have a look around and enjoy your time here. Thanks!

Marc Manley – Imam and Religious Director


You can find a number of articles and blog posts here addressing issues pertinent to what American Muslims face today. My journey into writing on the internet began with The Manrilla Blog:  Exploring Islam In America Through the Social Sciences (now defunct). My writings gradually took on a focus to address the reality of the American Muslim community.

Steeped in the intellectual tradition of Islam, I have endeavored to broker a new path of American Muslim thought by giving careful analysis of social and cultural trends of the diverse population of Muslims in America, seeking to provide a voice that at once speaks to the here and now of Muslims, yet rooted in the timeless philosophy of Islamic thought. My writing has been recognized through a number of venues, from the Philadelphia Inquirer as a top bookmark as well as the recipient of Best Design, in the 5th Annual Brass Crescent Awards.

I have broken up my writings here into two different formats: the longer of which can be found in the Articles section and the shorter in the Blog section.

Media: Khutbahs, Classes and Podcasts

One of my main responsibilities at Middle Ground is delivering the weekly sermon, or khutbah as it’s known in Arabic. You can listen to them here as well as subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or wherever you get your podcasts.

We also live stream our khutbahs on Fridays. You can check out my latest khutbahs here:

I started doing a podcast for Middle Ground a few years back and it’s turned out to be a real joy. It allows me to discuss important topics more in-depth as well as connecting with some amazing folks in the Muslim community. Check it out and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Teaching At Middle Ground

One of my favorite aspects of life at Middle Ground is teaching. I teach a variety of classes on topics ranging from Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) and Arabic to spiritual development and critical thinking. Below is are some recordings of a current class I’m teaching entitled, Islam In-Depth“The Moral World of the Qur’an” (download the PDF), named after M. A. Draz’s book of the same name. For more info, check Middle Ground’s website on current classes and schedules.

Events & Appearances

I’ve always felt that it’s important to engage in not only interfaith service but also intrafaith service: giving back to one’s own community by serving it. That’s at the heart of what I do as Imam. In the past I’ve served on a number of boards and counsels but none makes me as proud as being a board member for the Center For Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology. Please join us for our 2019 Defining Islamic Psychology Conference, from February 8th to the 11th. For the conference schedule and purchasing tickets, click here.