Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible / Edition 1

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Although they are typically portrayed by the media as dangerous extremists in distant lands, Muslims in fact form a permanent, peaceful and growing population in nearly every Western country. While Westerners are now more commonly seeing mosques in their neighborhoods or scarved Muslim women in their streets, misperceptions and stereotypes remain. With expanding numbers and desires to protect their rights and identities, Muslims are coming into more and more into the public view. In Muslim Minorites in the West noted scholars Haddad and Smith bring together outstanding essays on the distinct experiences of minority Muslim communities from Detroit, Michigan to Perth, Australia and the wide range of issues facing them. Haddad and Smith in their introduction trace the broad contours of the Muslim experience in Europe, America and other areas of European settlement and shed light on the common questions minority Muslims face of assimilation, discrimination, evangelism, and politics. Muslim Minorities in the West provides a welcome introduction to these increasingly visible citizens of Western nations.

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Editorial Reviews

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol 14.1, 2003 - Jorgen S. Nielsen
This is precisely the kind of material which should be available to a Western audience to put the situation and interests of the Muslim minorities into perspective, at a time when public agendas—media and political—seem to be set by reactions to the events of 11 September.
American Journal of Islamic Social Studies - Sophie Gilliat-Ray
This edited collection is a valuable addition to the literature. . . . This book brings together a fascinating collection of diverse and often rich accounts of Muslim life in different contexts.
Nineteen international academics contribute fifteen chapters to this text examining issues faced by Muslim minority communities in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Caribbean. The essays explore the movement of these minority communities from positions of invisibility to greater public visibility within their adopted countries. They reveal the challenges faced by Muslims as they seek to assume their legitimate places in Western societies which may or may not be willing to accept their presence or their demands. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
American Journal of Islamic Social Studies
This edited collection is a valuable addition to the literature. . . . This book brings together a fascinating collection of diverse and often rich accounts of Muslim life in different contexts.
— Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Cardiff University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759102187
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Haddad is Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Past president of the Middle East Studies Association, she has authored and edited many books on contemporary Islam. Jane I. Smith is Professor of Islamic Studies and Co-Director of the Macdonald Center for Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. She has done extensive work on Muslim communities in America, Christian theology in relation to Islam, historical relations between Christians and Muslims, Islamic conceptions of death and afterlife, and the role and status of women in Islam. She is also co-editor of The Muslim World.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The American Experience Chapter 3 Spreading the Word: Communicating Islam in America Chapter 4 The Politics of Transfiguration: Constitutive Aspects of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 Chapter 5 American Muslim Paradox Chapter 6 The Greatest Migration? Chapter 7 Islamic Party in North America: A Quiet Storm of Political Activism Chapter 8 The Complexity of Belonging: Sunni Muslim Immigrants in Chicago Chapter 9 Being Arab and Becoming Americanized: Mediated Assimilation in Metropolitan Detroit Part 10 The European Experience Chapter 11 Invisible Muslims: The Sahelians in France Chapter 12 The Northern Way: Muslim Communities in Norway Chapter 13 Turks in Germany: Muslim Idenity "Between" States Part 14 The Experience in Areas of European Settlement Chapter 15 The Muslim Communities in Australia: The Building of a Community Chapter 16 Muslim Women as Citizens in Australia: Perth as a Case Study Chapter 17 Muslims in New Zealand Chapter 18 Muslims in South Africa 19 Muslims in the Caribbean: Ethnic Sojourners and Citizens

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