Book A history of Islam in America : from the new world to the new world order / Kambiz GhaneaBassiri.
Publication year: c2010.
Call Number BP67.U6 G53 2010
Media class: Book
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521614870 0521614872 9780521849647 0521849640
Extent: x, 446 p. ill. ; 24 cm.
Muslims began arriving in the New World long before the rise of the Atlantic slave trade. The first arrivals date to the turn of the sixteenth century when European explorers and colonists crossed the Atlantic in search of new horizons and trading routes. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri's book traces the history of Muslims in the United States and their different waves of immigration and conversion across five centuries, through colonial and antebellum America, through world wars and civil rights struggles, to the contemporary era. The book tells the stories of individual Muslims and their lives as immigrants and citizens within the broad context of the American religious experience, showing how that experience has been integral to the evolution of American Muslim institutions and practices. This is a unique and intelligent portrayal of a diverse religious community and its relationship with America. It will serve as a strong antidote to the current politicized dichotomy between Islam and the West.
Introduction -- 1. Islam in the "New World" : the historical setting -- 2. Islamic beliefs and practice in colonial and antebellum America -- 3. Conflating race, religion and progress : social change, national identity, and Islam in the post-Civil War era -- 4. Race, ethnicity, religion and citizenship : Muslim immigration at the turn of the twentieth century -- 5. Rooting Islam in America : community and institution building in the interwar period -- 6. Islam and American civil religion in the aftermath of World War II -- 7. A new religious America and post-colonial Muslim world : American Muslim institution building and activism, 1960s-1980s -- 8. Between experience and politics : American Muslims and the "new world order", 1989-2008 -- Epilogue.