Muslims on the Americanization Path?

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Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, John L. Esposito
Oxford University Press, May 11, 2000 - Religion - 384 pages
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Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States. There are more Muslims in America than in Kuwait, Qatar, and Libya together. Leaving aside immigration and conversion, birthrate alone ensures that in the first part of the twenty-first century Islam will replace Judaism as the nation's second largest religion. Like all religious minorities in America, Muslims must confront a host of difficult questions concerning faith and national identity. Can they become part 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? Will the secular and/or Judeo-Christian values of American society inhibit the Muslim practice of religious faith? While the Muslims of America are indeed on the path to Americanization, what that means and what that will yield remains uncertain. In this thoughtful and wide-ranging volume, fourteen distinguished scholars take an in-depth look at these issues and examine the varied responses and opinions of the Muslim community.
 

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Contents

The Dynamics of Islamic Identity in North America
19
Striking a Balance Islamic Legal Discourse on Muslim Minorities
47
The Fiqh Councilor in North America
65
Muslims and Identity Politics in America
87
North American Pluralism and the Challenge of the Veil
103
The Hijab and Religious Liberty AntiDiscriminion Law and Muslim Women in the United States
105
Muslim Women in Canada Their Role and Status as Revealed in the Hijab Controversy
129
American Women Choosing Islam
145
Identity and Destiny The Formative Views of the Moorish Science Temple and the Nation of Islam
163
AfricanAmerican Muslims and the Question of Identity Between Traditional Islam African Heritage and the American Way
215
Understanding the MultiEthnic Dilemma of AfricanAmerican Muslims
263
Americanization and the Preservation of Cultural Identity
283
Muslims and the American Press
285
Economic Security and Muslim Identity A Study of the Immigrant Community in Durham North Carolina
301
Approaches to Mosque Design in North America
317
Selected Bibliography
335

Americans on the Islamization Path? The AfricanAmerican Experience
161

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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 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

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