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Islam and the Americas

Islam and the Americas

by Aisha Khan (Editor)


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“A tour de force that underwrites and shifts the petrified image of Islam disseminated by mainstream media.”—Walter D. Mignolo, author of The Darker Side of Western Modernity
“Gives us an entirely different picture of Muslims in the Americas than can be found in the established literature. A complex glimpse of the rich diversity and historical depth of Muslim presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.”—Katherine Pratt Ewing, editor of Being and Belonging: Muslim Communities in the United States since 9/11
“Finally a broad-ranging comparative work exploring the roots of Islam in the Americas! Drawing upon fresh historical and ethnographic research, this book asks important questions about the politics of culture and globalization of religion in the modern world.”—Keith E. McNeal, author of Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean
In case studies that include the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume trace the establishment of Islam in the Americas over the past three centuries. They simultaneously explore Muslims’ lived experiences and examine the ways Islam has been shaped in the “Muslim minority” societies in the New World, including the Gilded Age’s fascination with Orientalism, the gendered interpretations of doctrine among Muslim immigrants and local converts, the embrace of Islam by African American activist-intellectuals like Malcolm X, and the ways transnational hip hop artists re-create and reimagine Muslim identities.

Together, these essays challenge the typical view of Islam as timeless, predictable, and opposed to Western worldviews and value systems, showing how this religious tradition continually engages with local and global issues of culture, gender, class, and race. 

Contributors: Jerusa Ali | Jeanne P. Baptiste | Yarimar Bonilla | Sandra Cañas Cuevas | Nathaniel Deutsch | Jacob S. Dorman | Rosemarijn Hoefte | Gabrielle Jamela Hosein | Aisha Khan | Patricia Mohammed | Omar Ramadan-Santiago | Rhoda Reddock

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813054056
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: New World Diasporas
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Aisha Khan is associate professor of anthropology at New York University. She is the author of Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity among South Asians in Trinidad.

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: A Storied Hemisphere Aisha Khan 1

2 Contours: Approaching Islam, Comparatively Speaking Aisha Khan 23

Part I Histories: Presence, Absence, Remaking

3 "Oriental Hieroglyphics Understood Only by the Priesthood and a Chosen Few": The Islamic Orientalism of White and Black Masons and Shriners Jacob S. Dorman 49

4 Locating Mecca: Religious and Political Discord in the Javanese Community in Pre-Independence Suriname Rosemarijn Hoefte 69

5 Fear of a Brown Planet: Pan-Islamism, Black Nationalism, and the Tribal Twenties Nathaniel Deutsch 92

6 InshaAllah/Ojalá, Yes Yes Y'all: Puerto Ricans (Re)examining and (Re)imagining Their Identities through Islam and Hip Hop Omar Ramadan-Santiago 115

Part II Circulation of Identities, Politics of Belonging

7 Between Terror and Transcendence: Global Narratives of Islam and the Political Scripts of Guadeloupe's Indianite Yarimar Bonilla 141

8 The Politics of Conversion to Islam in Southern Mexico Sandra Cañas Cuevas 163

9 Bahamian and Brazilian Muslimahs: Struggle for Identity and Belonging Jerusa Ali 186

Part III Spatial Practices and the Trinidadian Landscape

10 "Up Against a Wall": Muslim Women's Struggle to Reclaim Masjid Space in Trinidad and Tobago Rhoda Reddock 217

11 Democracy, Gender, and Indian Muslim Modernity in Trinidad Gabrielle Jamda Hosein 249

12 More Than Dawud and Jalut: Decriminalizing the Jamaat al Muslimeen and Madressa in Trinidad Jeanne P. Baptiste 269

13 Island Currents, Global Aesthetics: Islamic Iconography in Trinidad Patricia Mohammed 295

List of Contributors 327

Index 331

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