Muslims in America : a short history / Edward E. Curtis IV

Author(s): Curtis, Edward E., 1970-
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Subjects: Muslims--United States--History
Muslims--United States--Social conditions
Islam--United States--History
United States--Ethnic relations
United States--Religious life and customs
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
Series: Religion in American life
Religion in American life
LC Classification: E
Physical Description: xiv, 144 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2008047566
ISBN: 9780195367560 (acid-free paper)
ISBN: 0195367561
Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-127) and index
Contents: Across the black Atlantic : the first Muslims in North America -- The first American converts to Islam -- Twentieth-century Muslim immigrants : from the melting pot to the Cold War -- Religious awakenings of the late twentieth century -- Muslim Americans after 9/11
Summary: Muslims are neither new nor foreign to the United States. They have been a vital presence in North America since the 16th century. This book unearths their history, documenting the lives of African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, European, black, white, Hispanic and other Americans who have been followers of Islam. The book begins with the tale of Job Ben Solomon, a 18th century African American Muslim slave, and goes on to chart the stories of sodbusters in North Dakota, African American converts to Islam in the 1920s, Muslim barkeepers in Toledo, the post-1965 wave of professional immigrants from Asia and Africa, and Muslim Americans after 9/11. The book reveals the richness of Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi and other forms of Islamic theology, ethics, and rituals in the United States by illustrating the way Islamic faith has been imagined and practiced in the everyday lives of individuals. It recovers the place of Muslims in the larger American story, too. Showing how Muslim American men and women participated in each era of U.S. history, the book explores how they have both shaped and have been shaped by larger historical trends such as the abolition movement, Gilded Age immigration, the Great Migration of African Americans, urbanization, religious revivalism, the feminist movement, and the current war on terror. It also shows how, from the very beginning of American history, Muslim Americans have been at once a part of their local communities, their nation, and the worldwide community of Muslims. A first single author history of Muslims in America from colonial times to the present, this book fills a huge gap and provides invaluable background on one of the most poorly understood groups in the United States
OCLC Number: 268957395
ISBN/ISSN: 9780195367560