American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah

American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah

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by Jamillah Karim, Janet Todd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814748104

ISBN-13: 9780814748107

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

African American Muslims and South Asian Muslim immigrants are two of the largest ethnic Muslim groups in the U.S. Yet there are few sites in which African Americans and South Asian immigrants come together, and South Asians are often held up as a “model minority” against African Americans. However, the American ummah, or American Muslim community,

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African American Muslims and South Asian Muslim immigrants are two of the largest ethnic Muslim groups in the U.S. Yet there are few sites in which African Americans and South Asian immigrants come together, and South Asians are often held up as a “model minority” against African Americans. However, the American ummah, or American Muslim community, stands as a unique site for interethnic solidarity in a time of increased tensions between native-born Americans and immigrants.

This ethnographic study of African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in Chicago and Atlanta explores how Islamic ideals of racial harmony and equality create hopeful possibilities in an American society that remains challenged by race and class inequalities. The volume focuses on women who, due to gender inequalities, are sometimes more likely to move outside of their ethnic Muslim spaces and interact with other Muslim ethnic groups in search of gender justice.

American Muslim Women explores the relationships and sometimes alliances between African Americans and South Asian immigrants, drawing on interviews with a diverse group of women from these two communities. Karim investigates what it means to negotiate religious sisterhood against America's race and class hierarchies, and how those in the American Muslim community both construct and cross ethnic boundaries.

American Muslim Women reveals the ways in which multiple forms of identity frame the American Muslim experience, in some moments reinforcing ethnic boundaries, and at other times, resisting them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814748107
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Series:
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
678,155
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 African American and Immigrant Relations: Between Inequality and Global Flows
2 Race, Class, and Residence in the Chicago Ummah: Ethnic Muslim Spaces and American Muslim Discourses
3 Across Ethnic Boundaries: Women’s Movement and Resistance in the Chicago Ummah
4 Negotiating an American Muslim Identity after September 11: Second-Generation Muslim Women in Chicago
5 Negotiating Gender Lines: Women’s Movement across Atlanta Mosques
6 Negotiating Sisterhood, Gender, and Generation: Friendship between Second-Generation South Asian American and African American Muslim Women
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
About the Author

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