Islam in America, Second Edition / Edition 2

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This richly textured, critically acclaimed portrait of American Muslims introduces the basic tenets of the Muslim faith, surveys the history of Islam in North America, and profiles the lifestyles, religious practices, and worldviews of Muslims in the United States. The volume focuses specifically on the difficulty of living faithfully and adhering to tradition while adapting to an American way of life and addresses the role of women in Muslim culture, the raising and education of children, appropriate dress and behavior, and incidences of prejudice and unfair treatment.

The second edition of Islam in America features a new chapter on post-9/11 realities, which covers infringements on civil rights and profiling, participation in politics, transformations in Islamic law, pluralism and identity issues, foreign influences, anti-Islamic sentiment, intra-Islamic tensions, and the quest for a moderate Islam. Source notes, glossary, and additional resources also reflect recent developments and scholarship.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Review of Middle East Studies - Eren Tatari
is a valuable source for students and scholars who study Islam in America and offers useful features such as a chronology of significant events for American Muslims, a list of resources on the topic, and a glossary.
A useful entry level reading... Recommended.

A useful entry level reading... Recommended.

Review of Middle East Studies
is a valuable source for students and scholars who study Islam in America and offers useful features such as a chronology of significant events for American Muslims, a list of resources on the topic, and a glossary.

— Eren Tatari

Journal of Law and Religion
Jane I. Smith lifts up for our consideration questions Muslims themselves are taking and issues with which they are struggling. In this way, she moves beyond headlines into the heartlines. Indeed, the strength of Smith's book is her ability to make the reader feel as though he or she is actually in the presence of Muslims, listening and conversing with them about a wide range of human interest stories.
Middle East Journal
Introductions to Islam are abundant. But one with a focus on the American experience, written in clear, readable English, with a balanced approach, solid documentation, and a list of resources with helpful annotations, is rare. Jane I. Smith's Islam in America has all these characteristics.
The Journal of Religious Studies
A much needed corrective to the negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims that prevail in the United States.... The importance of this work is that it demonstrates that there is no monolithic Islam, steadfastly attempting to undermine American values and interests.
The New York Times Book Review
Fair, accessible, and detailed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231147118
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2009
  • Series: Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,287,284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane I. Smith is senior lecturer in divinity and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue and Visible and Invisible: Muslim Communities in the West. She is also the coeditor of Educating the Muslims of America and coauthor of Muslim Women in America.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Muslim Faith and Practice2. Contributors to the Development of Islam3. Islam Comes to America4. Islam in the African American Community5. The Public Practice of Islam6. Women and the Muslim American Family7. Living a Muslim Life in American Society8. Islam in America Post-9/11ChronologyNotesGlossaryResources for the Study of Islam in AmericaIndex

Columbia University Press

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