Latina/o y Musulman: The Construction of Latina/o Identity among Latina/o Muslims in the United States

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 160 pages
Latinas/os are the fastest growing "minoritized" ethnic group in the United States and Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the United States. It is therefore no surprise that the Latina/o Muslim population is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. As a minority within a minority, the ways in which U.S. Latina/o Muslims construct their identity is not only interesting in itself but also of interest for how they challenge traditional understandings of U.S. Latina/o identities. This book explores the process of conversion of U.S. Latina/o Muslims and how it becomes the foundation for the re-construction of their U.S. Latina/o identities. Furthermore, since Latina/o religious experience in the United States up until now has largely assumed Christianity as the de facto religion, Latina/o y Musulman brings a whole new angle to studies in this area. Martinez-Vazquez lays the broader analytical foundation for how the religious experiences of non-Christian U.S. Latinas/os shape the process of identity construction.
 

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Contents

telling the story of u s Latinao Muslim Experience
15
Journey to islam
46
Reversion and Memory
74
new u s Latinao identities
104
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Hjamil A. Martinez-Vazquez is Assistant Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

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