Transnational Muslims in American Society

Aminah Beverly McCloud

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"A must read for anyone with a serious interest in American Islam. This indispensable work complicates the process of immigration, citizenship or just what belonging means for Muslim migrants of all sorts . . . a balanced assessment by a highly respected Muslim scholar [and] a much needed voice in our divided world."--Zain Abdullah, Temple University

This in-depth yet accessible guide to Islamic immigrants from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa challenges the widely held perception that Islam is monolithic and exclusively Arab in identity and expression. Offering a topical discussion of Islamic issues, the author argues that there is no one immigrant Islam community but a multifaceted and multi-cultural Islamic world. She offers an insider's look at what ideals and practices Muslims bring to this nation, how they see themselves as Americans, and how they get along with each other and with indigenous American Muslims.

While much of the author's research and writing precedes 9/11, she interweaves the events of that day and their subsequent impact on the lives and fortunes of immigrant American Muslims. Intimately exploring some of the immigrant communities through their stories and the history of American-Islamic relations, McCloud addresses women's equality, discrimination, rivalries among divisions within the faith, and immigration

Her findings are telling regarding a community in transition, chaos, and fear. Each community has a culturally bound understanding and practice of Islam mostly shaped by a particular colonial experience. Muslim world philosophies and traditional authority are under siege, and there is a great deal of tension between communities and with the indigenous community over authority and leadership.

Aminah Beverly McCloud is professor of Islamic studies at DePaul University.

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Informative, interesting, and timely, this book is an important contribution to understanding the cultural diversity of immigrant Muslim communities in the US. Highly recommended.

" McColud makes an inpassioned conclusion to her study of the current position of Muslim Americans as a hyphenated identity in the United States and offers projections as to the community's future. This edge to her scholarly voice makes this a unique and timely text: it is at once a text written for the classroom and for the Mualim-American community at large."
--American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

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