Mission to America: Five Islamic Sectarian Communities in North America / Edition 1

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Islam in the United States has developed a fascinating and diverse range of interpretations.  Based in large part on community documents and on interviews and correspondence with community members, this study is the first look at these sectarian movements in the hundred-year history of Muslim religious development in the United States.
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This is a well-researched collection of essays (with excellent notes and bibliography) on five disparate Islamic sects in the United States and Canada considered heretical by Sunnis and Shi`ites. The Druze are all immigrants or children of immigrants. The Ahmadis are a mix of immigrants and American converts. Moorish Science, Ansaru Allah, and United Submitters International were all founded in the 20th century in the United States; the first two have almost exclusively black membership, while the last is racially mixed. While the authors clearly sympathize with the struggle of each group to maintain a cohesive identity in American society, they do not hesitate to highlight perceived flaws: for instance, that the Ansaru Allah espouse racist doctrines. This work is accessible to general readers but will appeal most to religious scholars. For academic and large public libraries.-- James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813012179
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is associate editor of the Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, author of Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History, and coeditor of The Muslims of America.

Jane Idleman Smith is professor of history of religions and vice-president and dean of academic affairs at Iliff School of Theology, Denver.  She is the author of The Concept "Islam" in the History of Our'anic Exegesis and the editor of Women in Contemporary Muslim Society.  The two are coauthors of The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Sectarian Challenge in Islam 1
Ch. 2 The Druze in North America 23
Ch. 3 The Ahmadiyya Community of North America 49
Ch. 4 The Moorish Science Temple of America 79
Ch. 5 The Ansaru Allah Community 105
Ch. 6 United Submitters International 137
Appendix 1. The Druze Covenant (Al Mithaq) 169
Appendix 2. United Submitters International Creed 170
Notes 173
Selected Bibliography 210
Index 220
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