The Oxford Handbook of American Islam

Overview

Islam has been part of the increasingly complex American religious scene for well over a century, and was brought into more dramatic focus by the attacks of September 11, 2001. American Islam is practiced by a unique blend of immigrants and American-born Muslims. The immigrants have come from all corners of the world; they include rich and poor, well-educated and illiterate, those from upper and lower classes as well as economic and political refugees. The community's diversity has been enhanced by the conversion...

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Overview

Islam has been part of the increasingly complex American religious scene for well over a century, and was brought into more dramatic focus by the attacks of September 11, 2001. American Islam is practiced by a unique blend of immigrants and American-born Muslims. The immigrants have come from all corners of the world; they include rich and poor, well-educated and illiterate, those from upper and lower classes as well as economic and political refugees. The community's diversity has been enhanced by the conversion of African Americans, Latina/os, and others, making it the most heterogeneous Muslim community in the world.

With an up-to-the-minute analysis by thirty of the top scholars in the field, this handbook covers the growth of Islam in America from the earliest Muslims to set foot on American soil to the current wave of Islamophobia. Topics covered include the development of African American Islam; pre- and post-WWII immigrants; Sunni, Shìite, sectarian and Sufi movements in America; the role and status of women, marriage, and family; and the Americanization of Islamic culture.

Throughout these chapters the contributors explore the meaning of religious identity in the context of race, ethnicity, gender, and politics, both within the American Islamic community and in relation to international Islam.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199862634
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2014
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 560

Meet the Author

Yvonne Y. Haddad is Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. She is the past president of the Middle East Studies Association and the American Academy of Religion, New England Region. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Outstanding Achievement and Distinction in Service to the Profession from the Boston University School of Theology (2007) and Scholar of the Year from the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion (2002). Her extensive publications include Not Quite American? and Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History.

Jane I. Smith retired in 2012 as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Currently she is Professor Emerita at Hartford Seminary. She is the author of a number of books on such topics as Islam in America, Christian-Muslim dialogue, women in Islam, American Muslims and education, and minority Muslim communities in America.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction - Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith

PART I: FORMATION OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN NORTH AMERICA

1. The First Stirrings of Islam in America - Sylviane A. Diouf
2. Muslim Immigration to America - Randa B. Serhan
3. Imams and Chaplains as American Religious Professionals - Timur R. Yuskaev and Harvey Stark
4. Islamic Organizations in the United States - Jocelyne Cesari
5. African American Muslims - Caroline Moxley Rouse
6. The Twelver Shi'is in America - Liyakat Takim
7. Sufi Movements in America - Marcia Hermansen
8. Muslim Minority Groups in American Islam - Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith

PART II: INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF ISLAM IN NORTH AMERICA

9. Practicing Islam in the United States - Muzammil H. Siddiqi
10. Shari'a and Fiqh in the United States - Asma Afsaruddin
11. Muslim Women in the United States - Kathleen M. Moore
12. Marriage in American Muslim Communities - Juliane Hammer
13. Mosques in the United States - Ihsan Bagby
14. Developments in Islamic Education in the United States - Susan L. Douglass
15. American Muslim Youth Movements - Rabia Kamal
16. Da'wa in the United States - Kathleen M. Moore
17. Islam in American Prisons - Susan Van Baalen
18. Volunteerism among American Immigrant Muslims - Altaf Husain

PART III: INTEGRATION AND ASSIMILATION OF MUSLIMS

19. Muslim Americans and the Political System - Abdulkader H. Sinno
20. The Intellectual Contributions of American Muslim Scholars - Sara J. Chehab and Marvin R.Whitaker, Jr.
21. Muslim-Christian Relations in the United States - Peter Makari
22. American Muslims in the Age of New Media - Nadia Khan
23. Muslim Artists in America - Munir Jiwa
24. American Mosque Architecture - Akel Ismail Kahera
25. Islamic Dress and Fashion in the United States - Rabia Kamal
26. Health and Medicine among American Muslims - Lance D. Laird
27. Muslims in Film and Muslim Filmmaking in the United States - Hussein Rashid
28. American Muslims and Global Islam - Peter Mandaville
29. The War on Terror and Its Effects on American Muslims - Charles Kimball
30. Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the United States - Peter Gottschalk

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