A History of Islam in America Book
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A History of Islam in America


  • Author : Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-04-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 457
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521849647

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A History of Islam in America Excerpt :

Traces the history of Muslims in the US and their waves of immigration and conversion across five centuries.

Muslims in American History Book

Muslims in American History


  • Author : Jerald Dirks
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 393
  • ISBN 10 : 1590080440

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Muslims in American History Excerpt :

There are many legacies within American history that have been inadvertently forgotten. The book pays homage to one such forgotten legacy--the role of Muslims in American history. By offering a review based on various scholarly sources, the book broadens the understanding of American public with regard to the substantial role played by Muslims throughout American history.

The Practice of Islam in America Book

The Practice of Islam in America


  • Author : Edward E. Curtis IV
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2017-12-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479880201

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The Practice of Islam in America Excerpt :

An introduction to the ways in which ordinary Muslim Americans practice their faith. Muslims have always been part of the United States, but very little is known about how Muslim Americans practice their religion. How do they pray? What’s it like to go on pilgrimage to Mecca? What rituals accompany the birth of a child, a wedding, or the death of a loved one? What holidays do Muslims celebrate and what charities do they support? How do they learn about the Qur’an? The Practice of Islam in America introduces readers to the way Islam is lived in the United States, offering vivid portraits of Muslim American life passages, ethical actions, religious holidays, prayer, pilgrimage, and other religious activities. It takes readers into homes, religious congregations, schools, workplaces, cemeteries, restaurants—and all the way to Mecca—to understand the diverse religious practices of Muslim Americans. Going beyond a theoretical discussion of what Muslims are supposed to do, this volume focuses on what they actually do. As the volume reveals, their religious practices are shaped by their racial and ethnic identity, their gender and sexual orientation, and their sectarian identity, among other social factors. Readers gain practical information about Islamic religion while also coming to understand how the day-to-day realities of American life shape Muslim American practice.

Islam in America Book

Islam in America


  • Author : Jane I. Smith
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231147118

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Islam in America Excerpt :

A leading authority in the field introduces the basic tenets of the Muslim faith, surveys the history of Islam in the U.S., and profiles the lifestyles, religious practices, and worldviews of American Muslims. The book covers the role of women in American Islam, raising and educating children, appropriate dress and behavior, concerns about prejudice, and much more.

Muslims and the Making of America Book

Muslims and the Making of America


  • Author : Amir Hussain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 142
  • ISBN 10 : 1481306235

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Muslims and the Making of America Excerpt :

"There has never been an America without Muslims"--so begins Amir Hussain, one of the most important scholars and teachers of Islam in America. Hussain, who is himself an American Muslim, contends that Muslims played an essential role in the creation and cultivation of the United States. Memories of 9/11 and the rise of global terrorism fuel concerns about American Muslims. The fear of American Muslims in part stems from the stereotype that all followers of Islam are violent extremists who want to overturn the American way of life. Inherent to this stereotype is the popular misconception that Islam is a new religion to America. In Muslims and the Making of America Hussain directly addresses both of these stereotypes. Far from undermining America, Islam and American Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of American life. Hussain chronicles the history of Islam in America to underscore the valuable cultural influence of Muslims on American life. He then rivets attention on music, sports, and culture as key areas in which Muslims have shaped and transformed American identity. America, Hussain concludes, would not exist as it does today without the essential contributions made by its Muslim citizens.

Islam Is a Foreign Country Book

Islam Is a Foreign Country


  • Author : Zareena Grewal
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479800568

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Considers the question: what does it mean to be Muslim and American? In Islam Is a Foreign Country, Zareena Grewal explores some of the most pressing debates about and among American Muslims: what does it mean to be Muslim and American? Who has the authority to speak for Islam and to lead the stunningly diverse population of American Muslims? Do their ties to the larger Muslim world undermine their efforts to make Islam an American religion? Offering rich insights into these questions and more, Grewal follows the journeys of American Muslim youth who travel in global, underground Islamic networks. Devoutly religious and often politically disaffected, these young men and women are in search of a home for themselves and their tradition. Through their stories, Grewal captures the multiple directions of the global flows of people, practices, and ideas that connect U.S. mosques to the Muslim world. By examining the tension between American Muslims’ ambivalence toward the American mainstream and their desire to enter it, Grewal puts contemporary debates about Islam in the context of a long history of American racial and religious exclusions. Probing the competing obligations of American Muslims to the nation and to the umma (the global community of Muslim believers), Islam is a Foreign Country investigates the meaning of American citizenship and the place of Islam in a global age.

American Islam Book
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American Islam


  • Author : Paul M. Barrett
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2007-12-26
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374708306

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American Islam Excerpt :

Vivid, dramatic portraits of Muslims in America in the years after 9/11, as they define themselves in a religious subculture torn between moderation and extremism There are as many as six million Muslims in the United States today. Islam (together with Christianity and Judaism) is now an American faith, and the challenges Muslims face as they reconcile their intense and demanding faith with our chaotic and permissive society are recognizable to all of us. From West Virginia to northern Idaho, American Islam takes readers into Muslim homes, mosques, and private gatherings to introduce a population of striking variety. The central characters range from a charismatic black imam schooled in the militancy of the Nation of Islam to the daughter of an Indian immigrant family whose feminist views divided her father's mosque in West Virginia. Here are lives in conflict, reflecting in different ways the turmoil affecting the religion worldwide. An intricate mixture of ideologies and cultures, American Muslims include immigrants and native born, black and white converts, those who are well integrated into the larger society and those who are alienated and extreme in their political views. Even as many American Muslims succeed in material terms and enrich our society, Islam is enmeshed in controversy in the United States, as thousands of American Muslims have been investigated and interrogated in the wake of 9/11. American Islam is an intimate and vivid group portrait of American Muslims in a time of turmoil and promise.

Islam in Black America Book

Islam in Black America


  • Author : Edward E. Curtis IV
  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 187
  • ISBN 10 : 9780791488591

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Islam in Black America Excerpt :

Explores modern African-American Islamic thought within the context of Islamic history, giving special attention to questions of universality versus particularity.

Thomas Jefferson s Qur an Book

Thomas Jefferson s Qur an


  • Author : Denise Spellberg
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014-07-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307388391

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Thomas Jefferson s Qur an Excerpt :

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of his lifelong interest in Islam, and he would go on to acquire numerous books on Middle Eastern languages, history, and travel, taking extensive notes on Islam as it relates to English common law. Jefferson sought to understand Islam notwithstanding his personal disdain for the faith, a sentiment prevalent among his Protestant contemporaries in England and America. But unlike most of them, by 1776 Jefferson could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country. Based on groundbreaking research, Spellberg compellingly recounts how a handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims (then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society) to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America. In this way, Muslims, who were not even known to exist in the colonies, became the imaginary outer limit for an unprecedented, uniquely American religious pluralism that would also encompass the actual despised minorities of Jews and Catholics. The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of Muslims, for which principle Jefferson’s political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, thus became decisive in the Founders’ ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, as they might well have done. As popular suspicions about Islam persist and the numbers of American Muslim citizenry grow into the millions, Spellberg’s revelatory understanding of this radical notion of the Founders is more urgent than ever. Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an is a timely look at the ideals that existed at our country

Islam and America Book

Islam and America


  • Author : George W. Braswell
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 0805424784

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A recognized expert on the religion of Islam and Muslim beliefs and practices gives Americans answers to the 31 most-asked questions about the religion and its adherents.

The Cambridge Companion to American Islam Book

The Cambridge Companion to American Islam


  • Author : Juliane Hammer
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-08-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 393
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107002418

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The Cambridge Companion to American Islam Excerpt :

This book is a comprehensive introduction to the past and present of American Muslim communities. Chapters discuss demographics, political participation, media, cultural and literary production, conversion, religious practice, education, mosque building, interfaith dialogue, and marriage and family, as well as American Muslim thought and Sufi communities. No comparable volume exists to date.

A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States  Volume 1 Book

A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States Volume 1


  • Author : Patrick D. Bowen
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2015-08-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004300699

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A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States Volume 1 Excerpt :

In A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 1: White American Muslims before 1975, Patrick D. Bowen offers an account of white Muslims and Sufis and the movements they produced between 1800 and 1975.

Finding Mecca in America Book

Finding Mecca in America


  • Author : Mucahit Bilici
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2012-12-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226922874

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Finding Mecca in America Excerpt :

The events of 9/11 had a profound impact on American society, but they had an even more lasting effect on Muslims living in the United States. Once practically invisible, they suddenly found themselves overexposed. By describing how Islam in America began as a strange cultural object and is gradually sinking into familiarity, Finding Mecca in America illuminates the growing relationship between Islam and American culture as Muslims find a homeland in America. Rich in ethnographic detail, the book is an up-close account of how Islam takes its American shape. In this book, Mucahit Bilici traces American Muslims’ progress from outsiders to natives and from immigrants to citizens. Drawing on the philosophies of Simmel and Heidegger, Bilici develops a novel sociological approach and offers insights into the civil rights activities of Muslim Americans, their increasing efforts at interfaith dialogue, and the recent phenomenon of Muslim ethnic comedy. Theoretically sophisticated, Finding Mecca in America is both a portrait of American Islam and a groundbreaking study of what it means to feel at home.

American Islamophobia Book

American Islamophobia


  • Author : Khaled A. Beydoun
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2018-04-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520970007

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“I remember the four words that repeatedly scrolled across my mind after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. ‘Please don’t be Muslims, please don’t be Muslims.’ The four words I whispered to myself on 9/11 reverberated through the mind of every Muslim American that day and every day after.… Our fear, and the collective breath or brace for the hateful backlash that ensued, symbolize the existential tightrope that defines Muslim American identity today.” The term “Islamophobia” may be fairly new, but irrational fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims is anything but. Though many speak of Islamophobia’s roots in racism, have we considered how anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in our legal system? Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States. Beydoun charts its long and terrible history, from the plight of enslaved African Muslims in the antebellum South and the laws prohibiting Muslim immigrants from becoming citizens to the ways the war on terror assigns blame for any terrorist act to Islam and the myriad trials Muslim Americans face in the Trump era. He passionately argues that by failing to frame Islamophobia as a system of bigotry endorsed and emboldened by law and carried out by government actors, U.S. society ignores the injury it inflicts on both Muslims and non-Muslims. Through the stories of Muslim Americans who have experienced Islamophobia across various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, Beydoun shares how U.S. laws shatter lives, whether directly or inadvertently. And with an eye toward benefiting society as a whole, he recommends ways for Muslim Americans and their allies to build coalitions with other groups. Like no book before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait of Muslim America then

Old Islam in Detroit Book

Old Islam in Detroit


  • Author : Sally Howell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-07-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199372010

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Across North America, Islam is portrayed as a religion of immigrants, converts, and cultural outsiders. Yet Muslims have been part of American society for much longer than most people realize. This book documents the history of Islam in Detroit, a city that is home to several of the nation's oldest, most diverse Muslim communities. In the early 1900s, there were thousands of Muslims in Detroit. Most came from Eastern Europe, the Ottoman Empire, and British India. In 1921, they built the nation's first mosque in Highland Park. By the 1930s, new Islam-oriented social movements were taking root among African Americans in Detroit. By the 1950s, Albanians, Arabs, African Americans, and South Asians all had mosques and religious associations in the city, and they were confident that Islam could be, and had already become, an American religion. When immigration laws were liberalized in 1965, new immigrants and new African American converts rapidly became the majority of U.S. Muslims. For them, Detroit's old Muslims and their mosques seemed oddly Americanized, even unorthodox. Old Islam in Detroit explores the rise of Detroit's earliest Muslim communities. It documents the culture wars and doctrinal debates that ensued as these populations confronted Muslim newcomers who did not understand their manner of worship or the American identities they had created. Looking closely at this historical encounter, Old Islam in Detroit provides a new interpretation of the possibilities and limits of Muslim incorporation in American life. It shows how Islam has become American in the past and how the anxieties many new Muslim Americans and non-Muslims feel about the place of Islam in American society today are not inevitable, but are part of a dynamic process of political and religious change that is still unfolding.