Muslim Communities in North America

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Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith
SUNY Press, 1994 - Religion - 545 pages
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This book provides a 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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Contents

A Minority Within a Minority The Case of the Shia in North America
3
The Sun of Islam Will Rise in the West Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam in the Latter Days
15
Urban Muslims The Formation of the Dar ulIslam Movement
51
Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary American Islamic Spirituality The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
75
The Five Percenters A Teenage Nation of Gods and Earths
109
THE MOSAIC OF ISLAMIC COMMUNITIES IN MAJOR METROPOLITAN CENTERS OF THE UNITED STATES
133
Muslims in Los Angeles
135
The Muslims of San Diego
169
Muslims of Montreal
317
ETHNIC COMMUNITIES IN METROPOLITAN SETTINGS
335
The Shia Mosques and Their Congregations in Dearborn
337
Bektashi Tekke and the Sunni Mosque of Albanian Muslims in America
359
Voluntary Associations in the Old Turkish Community of Metropolitan Detroit
381
Elderly Muslim Immigrants Needs and Challenges
407
The Yemenis of Delano A Profile of a Rural Islamic Community
423
Secular Immigrants Religiosity and Ethnicity Among Iranian Muslims in Los Angeles
445

Muslims of Seattle
195
To Achieve the Pleasure of Allah Immigrant Muslims in New York City 18931991
209
Activities of the Immigrant Muslim Communities in Chicago
231
The Muslims of Indianapolis
259
Diversity in Rochesters Islamic Community
279
The Islamic Center of New England
293
Masjid ulMutkabir The Portrait of an AfricanAmerican Orthodox Muslim Community
475
Attitudes of Immigrant Women and Men in the Dearborn Area Toward Womens Employment and Welfare
501
Bibliography
521
Index
535
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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.

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