The Cambridge Companion to American Islam

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Juliane Hammer, Omid Safi
Cambridge University Press, Aug 12, 2013 - History - 371 pages
The Cambridge Companion to American Islam offers a scholarly overview of the state of research on American Muslims and American Islam. The book presents the reader with a comprehensive discussion of the debates, challenges, and opportunities that American Muslims have faced through centuries of American history. This volume also covers the creative ways in which American Muslims have responded to the myriad serious challenges that they have faced and continue to face in constructing a religious praxis and complex identities that are grounded in both a universal tradition and the particularities of their local contexts. The book introduces the reader to some of the many facets of the lives of American Muslims that can only be understood in their interactions with Islam's entanglement in the American experiment.
 

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Contents

A History
15
African Muslim Slaves and Islam in Antebellum
28
1965 to
65
Converts and Conversions
83
Demographics Political Participation
98
American Muslims and the Media I
119
Muslims in the American Legal System I 39
139
Religious Pluralism Secularism and Interfaith
156
Religious Normativity and PraXis among American
208
Muslim Spaces and Mosque Architecture
228
Debates Practices
246
Muslim Public Intellectuals and Global Muslim
266
Cultural and Literary Production of Muslim America
279
Muslim Youth Cultures
299
Sexual Identity Marriage and Family 3 12
327
Index
345

Institutions Networks
170
American Sufis
190

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Juliane Hammer is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Kenan Rifai Scholar in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on American Muslims, discourses on gender and sexuality, and Sufism. She is author of Palestinians Born in Exile (2005) and American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More than a Prayer (2012). Her work has appeared in The Muslim World, Hawwa, Contemporary Islam, and Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, as well as in several edited volumes. She is currently working on a research project analyzing American Muslim efforts against domestic violence.

Omid Safi is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. He is author of Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam (2006) and Memories of Muhammad (2010). He is also editor of two volumes, Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism (2003) and Voices of Islam: Voices of Change (2006). He has a forthcoming book on the famed mystic Rumi and is currently working on a monograph discussing contemporary Islamic debates in Iran.

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