There are now more Muslims in America than in Kuwait, Qatar, and Libya combined. It is the second largest religion in France and the third in Britain, Germany, and North America. Leaving aside immigration and conversion, birth rate alone ensures that in the first part of the 21st century Islam will replace Judaism as the second largest religion in the US. Like all religious and ethnic minorities in America, Muslims are faced with a quandary of integration vs. assimilation. In this volume, fourteen distinguished scholars consider the issues that surround this dilemma and examine the varied responses of the Muslim community to them. The need to forge a new Muslim identity in America raises many questions. Can Muslims become part and parcel of a pluralistic American society without sacrificing their identity? Can Muslims be Muslims in a state that is not governed by Islamic law? Will the American legal system protect Muslim religious and cultural differences? Is there a contradiction between demanding equal rights and insisting on maintaining a distinctively separate identity? These and many other questions are illuminated by the essays in this important collection.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 155.2 x 234.2 x 24.6mm | 544.32g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195135261
  • 9780195135268
  • 1,763,630

About Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Yvonne Y Haddad

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is Professor of History, Islam, and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. John L. Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

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Table of contents

Introduction: Muslims in America or American Muslims ; PART I: THE AMERICAN PATH OPTION: BETWEEN TRADITION AND REALITY ; 1. The Dynamics of Islamic Identity in North America ; 2. Striking a Balance: Islamic Legal Discourses on Muslim Minorities ; 3. The Fiqh Councilor in North America ; 4. Muslims and Identity Politics in America ; PART II: NORTH AMERICAN PLURALISM AND THE CHALLENGE OF THE VEIL ; 5. The Hijab and Religious Liberty: Anti-Discrimination Law and Muslim Women in the United States ; 6. Muslim Women in Canada: Their Role and Status as Revealed in the Hijab Controversy ; 7. American Women Choosing Islam ; PART III: AMERICANS ON THE ISLAMIZATION PATH? THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ; 8. Identity and Destiny: The Formative Views of the Moorish Science Temple and the Nation of Islam ; 9. African-American Muslims and the Question of Identity: Between Traditional Islam, African Heritage, and the American Way ; 10. Understanding the Multi-Ethnic Dilemma of African-American Muslims ; PART IV: AMERICANIZATION AND THE PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL IDENTITY ; 11. Muslims and the American Press ; 12. Economic Security and Muslim Identity: A Study of the Immigrant Community in Durham, North Carolina ; 13. Approaches to Mosque Design in North America

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