Muslim Communities in North America

Muslim Communities in North America

Paperback Suny Series, Middle Eastern Studies

Edited by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Edited by Jane Idleman Smith

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  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Format: Paperback | 575 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 230mm x 31mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Albany, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0791420205
  • ISBN 13: 9780791420201
  • Edition statement: New.

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This book provides the first in-depth look at Muslim life and institutions forming in North America. It considers the range of Islamic life in North America with its different racial-ethnic and cultural identities, customs, and religious orientations. Issues of acculturation, ethnicity, orthodoxy, and the changing roles of women are brought into focus. The authors provide insight into the lives of recent immigrants who are asking what is Islamically appropriate in a non-Muslim environment. Contrasts are drawn between Sunni and Shi'i groups, and attention is given to the activities of some Sufi organizations. The growing Islamic community among African-American Muslims is examined, including the followers of Warith Deen Muhammed and the sectarians identified with black power, such as the Nation of Islam, Darul Islam, and the Five Percenters. The authors document the challenges and issues that American Muslims face, such as prejudice and racism; pressure from overseas Muslims; dress and education; the influence of Islamic revivalism on the development of the community in this country; and the maintenance of Muslim identity amidst the pressure for assimilation.

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Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History; co-author with Jane Idleman Smith of Mission to America; and co-author of Women, Religion, and Social Change.Jane Idleman Smith is Academic Dean and Professor of History of Religions at the Iliff School of Theology. She is the author of The Concept of Islam in the History of Qur anic Studies; co-author with Yvonne Haddad of Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection; and editor of Women in Contemporary Muslim Society."