African American Islam

Author: Aminah Beverly McCloud
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136649379
Category: Religion
Page: 222
View: 5876
Islam is a vital, growing religion in America. Little is known, however, about the religion except through the biased lens of media reports which brand African American Muslims as "Black Muslims" and portray their communities as places of social protest. African American Islam challenges these myths by contextualizing the experience and history of African American Islamic life. This is the first book to investigate the diverse African American Islamic community on its own terms, in its own language and through its own synthesis of Islamic history and philosophy.

The Oxford Handbook of American Islam

Author: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad,Jane I. Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019986263X
Category: Religion
Page: 560
View: 2080
Islam has been part of the increasingly complex American religious scene for well over a century, and was brought into more dramatic focus by the attacks of September 11, 2001. American Islam is practiced by a unique blend of immigrants and American-born Muslims. The immigrants have come from all corners of the world; they include rich and poor, well-educated and illiterate, those from upper and lower classes as well as economic and political refugees. The community's diversity has been enhanced by the conversion of African Americans, Latina/os, and others, making it the most heterogeneous Muslim community in the world. With an up-to-the-minute analysis by thirty of the top scholars in the field, this handbook covers the growth of Islam in America from the earliest Muslims to set foot on American soil to the current wave of Islamophobia. Topics covered include the development of African American Islam; pre- and post-WWII immigrants; Sunni, Shi`ite, sectarian and Sufi movements in America; the role and status of women, marriage, and family; and the Americanization of Islamic culture. Throughout these chapters the contributors explore the meaning of religious identity in the context of race, ethnicity, gender, and politics, both within the American Islamic community and in relation to international Islam.

American Islam

The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion
Author: Paul M. Barrett
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374708306
Category: Religion
Page: 320
View: 8158
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.

The Cambridge Companion to American Islam

Author: Juliane Hammer,Omid Safi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107002419
Category: History
Page: 371
View: 3957
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.

Being Muslim

A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam
Author: Sylvia Chan-Malik
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479850608
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 1328
"Four american moslem ladies": early U.S. Muslim women in the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, 1920-1923 -- Insurgent domesticity: race and gender in representations of NOI Muslim women during the Cold War era -- Garments for one another: Islam and marriage in the lives of Betty Shabazz and Dakota Staton -- Chadors, feminists, terror: constructing a U.S. American discourse of the veil -- A third language: Muslim feminism in Smerica -- Conclusion: Soul Flower Farm

The American Muslim ... Resource Directory of Islam in America

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Islam
Page: N.A
View: 7950

American Islam

Growing Up Muslim in America
Author: Richard Wormser
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802776280
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 144
View: 8776
Interviews with young American Muslims highlight an overview of one of America's most misunderstood religious groups, showing how Muslims maintain their traditions in the face of the permissiveness of American society. Reprint.

A Battle for the Soul of Islam

An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith
Author: M. Zuhdi Jasser
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451657986
Category: Religion
Page: 304
View: 4086
Among the unsettling social shifts in the wake of 9/11 was the global attention paid to Islam. Here in the United States, we became divided, often sadly along partisan lines, between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who believed no Muslim could do wrong. For conservative Wisconsin native and former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, these radical times meant facing a new reality as a devout Muslim and a patriot—a certain betrayal within his faith, and a need to answer a question that crossed the minds of even the most sensitive and politically correct: “Can a good Muslim be a good American as well?” Jasser founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) to instill in young American Muslims an appreciation for the distinctively positive impact that this nation’s ideals of liberty have had upon the world. As a nationally recognized expert on Muslim radicalization, he offers non-Muslims a definitive comprehension of the difference between Islam and the spiritual cancer known as Islamism, or political Islam, and how violence and extremism run counter to Islam’s true teachings. As he persuasively argues, until we acknowledge the threat of Islamism in all its forms, the majority of Americans will be gulled into recognizing only the most obvious: terrorism. In A Battle for the Soul of Islam, Jasser embraces both his faith and his country while asking hard questions: * Are American Muslim children learning entitlement as victims, or are they being taught individual responsibility and critical thinking? * Are poisonous conspiracy theories dividing their American identity, or are they gaining exposure to reason, nationalism, and patriotism? * Are Muslims publicly critical of the Islamist movements of the Middle East, or do they remain silent on aspects of religious doctrine that conflict with modernity and universal equality? * Is the American press downplaying the seditious threat of homegrown Islamist radicalism and the influence of Islamists’ propaganda arm on our governmental policies? * Is our culture of political correctness a major obstacle toward long-overdue Muslim reform against Islamism? All these years after 9/11, it’s time for us to understand the true threat of Islamism. It is a Muslim problem that needs a Muslim solution, and A Battle for the Soul of Islam builds a solid, balanced, and imperative must-read foundation for the fight.

Finding Mecca in America

How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion
Author: Mucahit Bilici
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226049566
Category: Religion
Page: 257
View: 9521
Looks at the developing relationship between Islam and American culture, offering an account of how the religion and its adherents are exchanging their outsider status for a distinctively American one.

Islam in Black America

Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought
Author: Edward E. Curtis IV
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791488594
Category: History
Page: 186
View: 7050
Explores modern African-American Islamic thought within the context of Islamic history, giving special attention to questions of universality versus particularity.

Islam in the African-American Experience

Author: Richard Brent Turner
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253216304
Category: Religion
Page: 312
View: 9841
Malcolm X and, more recently, Louis Farrakhan are two of the more visible signs of Islam's influence in the lives and culture of African Americans. Yet, as Richard Brent Turner shows, the involvement of black Americans with Islam reaches back to the earliest days of the African presence in North America. Part I of the book explores these roots in the Middle East, West Africa, and antebellum America. Part II tells the story of the "Prophets of the City" - the leaders of the new urban-based African-American Muslim movements in the twentieth century. Turner places the study of Islam in a historical context of racial, ethical, and political relations that influenced the reception of successive and varied presentations of Islam, including the West African Islam of slaves, the Ahmadiyya Movement from India, the orthodox Sunni practice of later immigrants, and the Nation of Islam. This new edition of Islam in the African-American Experience features a new Introduction, which discusses developments in African-American Islam since the earlier edition, including Islam in the new millennium in a post-9/11 context.

Breeding Bin Ladens

America, Islam, and the Future of Europe
Author: Zachary Shore
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801885051
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 223
View: 2780
Zachary Shore asserts that the growing ambivalence of Europe's Muslims poses risks to national identities, international security, and the transatlantic alliance. Through in-depth interviews with Muslims living across the European Union, he gives voice to people of deep faith who speak of the conflict between their desire to integrate into their adopted societies and the repulsion they feel toward some of what the West represents.

Reflections in a bloodshot lens

America, Islam and the war of ideas
Author: Larry Pintak
Publisher: Pluto Press
Category: History
Page: 374
View: 6220
There exists today a tragic rift between Americans and the world's Muslims. Each views the other with suspicion and anger. Yet in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, there was widespread sympathy for the U.S. in the great arc of Muslim nations from West Africa to Southeast Asia. This book explores what happened. It examines the disconnect that leads Americans and Muslims around the world to view the same words and images in fundamentally different ways. Partly a result of a centuries-old 'us' against 'them' dichotomy and an essential difference in worldview, the problem is exacerbated by an increasingly polarised media and by leaders on both sides who either don't understand or don't care what impact their words and policies have in the world at large. Journalist-scholar Lawrence Pintak, a former CBS News Middle East correspondent, argues that the Arab media revolution and the rise of "patriot-journalists" in the US marginalized voices of moderation, distorting perceptions on both sides of the divide with potentially disastrous results. Built on the author's extensive journalistic experience, the book is carefully grounded in contemporary academic scholarship -- including Orientalism, othering, worldview, media effects theory and framing theory, amongst others -- giving it broad appeal to policymakers, students of such fields as media studies, Middle East studies and Islamic studies, and general current affairs readers. Advance reviews: "Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, should be the first person to read this book, distributing copies to her staff so they can also grasp the powerful message of this compelling and long-needed work ... Had this book been available and studied before our invasion of Iraq, perhaps no one in or out of the Administration would have believed it would be a short exercise." ---Charles A. Krohn, Former Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Army "... [A] provocative and sophisticated appraisal of the flawed lenses through which Americans view the Muslim world. Pintak cuts through the naiveté that infects the conventional wisdom about the relationship between the West and Islam. This fine book should stimulate some much-needed thinking about the dangers the U.S. public and policy makers face because of their simplistic worldview." ---Philip Seib, Lucius W. Nieman Professor of Journalism, Marquette University; author of Beyond the Front Lines: How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War Lawrence Pintak is the director of the Adham Center for Electronic Journalism at the American University in Cairo and a veteran of 30 years in journalism. He has reported from four continents for many of the world's leading news organizations, served as a newspaper and Internet editor, and is a former visiting professor of journalism and public policy at the University of Michigan. Pintak covered the birth of modern Islamic terrorism as the CBS News Middle East correspondent in the 1980s, revisited in Seeds of Hate: How America's Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad (Pluto Press, 2003). More recently, he has reported on Indonesia and the rise of political Islam for ABC News and The San Francisco Chronicle.

The North American Muslim Resource Guide

Muslim Community Life in the United States and Canada
Author: Mohamed Nimer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135355169
Category: Reference
Page: 288
View: 8134
This useful resource provides basic information about Islamic life in the United States. Coverage includes population statistics and analysis, as well as immigration information that tracks the settlement of Islamic people in the America. The guide contains contact information for mosques, community organizations, schools, women's groups, media, and student groups. Recent Islamic-American events over the past five years are also reviewed. To see the Introduction, the table of contents, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the The North American Muslim Resource Guide website.

A History of Islam in America

From the New World to the New World Order
Author: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139788914
Category: History
Page: N.A
View: 991
Muslims began arriving in the New World long before the rise of the Atlantic slave trade. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri's fascinating book traces the history of Muslims in the United States and their different waves of immigration and conversion across five centuries, through colonial and antebellum America, through world wars and civil rights struggles, to the contemporary era. The book tells the often deeply moving stories of individual Muslims and their lives as immigrants and citizens within the broad context of the American religious experience, showing how that experience has been integral to the evolution of American Muslim institutions and practices. This is a unique and intelligent portrayal of a diverse religious community and its relationship with America. It will serve as a strong antidote to the current politicized dichotomy between Islam and the West, which has come to dominate the study of Muslims in America and further afield.

Islam in America

Author: Jane I. Smith
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231147104
Category: Reference
Page: 232
View: 4791
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.


Letters to America from an American Muslim
Author: John Ellis Ishmael Briggs Be
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1449063861
Category: Religion
Page: 156
View: 1135
The chronological compilation of Letters to the Editor presented in ESPYLACOPA covers twenty-five years of opinions from the author published by various newspapers across America and Europe. The observations within ESPYLACOPA reflect the progressively relevancy of Muslim insight into the development of political, social and spiritual trends in America. As Islam continues to be more relevant in America in the days and years to come, the message offered in this little book may serve as a welcomed gift of enlightenment to those readers who seek a fuller understanding of Islam and Muslims and choose to prepare for the beginning of the journey into an inheritable tomorrow. The viewpoints offered in ESPYLACOPA by a Muslim born and raised in Mississippi and who is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force are intended to promote social justice and spiritual enhancement and shine a light on the path into the future as the relationship between Islam and the Americas becomes more intertwined and amicable, inshallah (God willing).

American Muslim Women

Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah
Author: Jamillah Karim
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814748104
Category: Religion
Page: 292
View: 9299
"Focusing on women, who sometimes move outside of their ethnic Muslim spaced and interact with other Muslim ethnic groups in search of gender justice, this ethnographic study of African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in Chicago and Atlanta explores how Islamic ideas of racial harmony amd equality create hopeful possibilities in an American society that remains challenged by race and class inequalities."--Page 4 of cover.

Muslim Women in America

The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today
Author: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad,Jane I. Smith,Kathleen M. Moore
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198039557
Category: Religion
Page: 208
View: 701
The treatment and role of women are among the most discussed and controversial aspects of Islam. The rights of Muslim women have become part of the Western political agenda, often perpetuating a stereotype of universal oppression. Muslim women living in America continue to be marginalized and misunderstood since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Yet their contributions are changing the face of Islam as it is seen both within Muslim communities in the West and by non-Muslims. In their public and private lives, Muslim women are actively negotiating what it means to be a woman and a Muslim in an American context. Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen M. Moore offer a much-needed survey of the situation of Muslim American women, focusing on how Muslim views about and experiences of gender are changing in the Western diaspora. Centering on Muslims in America, the book investigates Muslim attempts to form a new "American" Islam. Such specific issues as dress, marriage, childrearing, conversion, and workplace discrimination are addressed. The authors also look at the ways in which American Muslim women have tried to create new paradigms of Islamic womanhood and are reinterpreting the traditions apart from the males who control the mosque institutions. A final chapter asks whether 9/11 will prove to have been a watershed moment for Muslim women in America. This groundbreaking work presents the diversity of Muslim American women and demonstrates the complexity of the issues. Impeccably researched and accessible, it broadens our understanding of Islam in the West and encourages further exploration into how Muslim women are shaping the future of American Islam.