Al Rashid Mosque, Canada's first and one of the earliest in North America, was erected in Edmonton in the depth of the Depression of the 1930s. Over time, the story of this first mosque, which served as a magnet for more Lebanese Muslim immigrants to Edmonton, was woven into the folklore of the local community. Baha Abu-Laban, Foreword
Edmonton's Al Rashid Mosque has played a key role in Islam's Canadian development. Founded by Muslims from Lebanon, it has grown into a vibrant community fully integrated into Canada's cultural mosaic. The mosque continues to be a concrete expression of social good, a symbol of a proud Muslim Canadian identity. Al Rashid Mosque provides a welcome introduction to the ethics and values of homegrown Muslims. The book traces the mosque's role in education and community leadership and celebrates the numerous contributions of Muslim Canadians in Edmonton and across Canada. Al Rashid Mosque is a timely and important volume of Islamic and Canadian history.
"Forty years ago, as a young scholar in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta, Al Rashid's Muslims welcomed my queries, tolerated my ignorance, and joyfully opened their homes and their hearts." Earle H. Waugh
Earle H. Waugh has studied Islam in Canada and the Middle East for most of his adult life. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and a senior scholar in the areas of religious studies, health and culture, and Indigenous language maintenance.
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About the Author
Earle H. Waugh has primarily studied Islam in Canada and the Middle East throughout his academic career. A Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, he is also a senior scholar with publications in a variety of cultural areas, including religious studies, health and culture, and Indigenous language maintenance. Now retired, he lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements from the Community xxiii
1 Leaving for Rihla: The Homeland Situation and the Travelling Identity, 1850s-1930s 1
2 The Foundations of Al Rashid: Creating a Social and Cultural Place, 1930-1970 35
3 The Evolution of a Canadian Mosque Tradition: The New Al Rashid, 1975-2005 71
4 Conserving a Canadian Islamic Community during Adversity: Al Rashid Post 9/11, 2001-2010 133
5 Transitioning into the Future: 2010s and Beyond 183
Epilogue: The Iconic Al Rashid, Its Community, and Rihla 209
Appendix 1 Creativity in the Al Rashid Community: Selected Profiles 213
Appendix 2 Al Rashid-Related Organizations 231
Appendix 3 Arabian Muslim Association: Board Members 233
What People are Saying About This
"Al Rashid Mosque will help show future generations how the Muslim faith became intricately woven into the Canadian tapestry."
"In this rich and many-sided story, Waugh contextualizes Al Rashid's stages of development within local, national, and international history."