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Muslim minorities in the West : visible and invisible
Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, 1935-
Publication Information:
Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, [2002]

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xviii, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Pt. 1. The American experience. Spreading the word: communicating Islam in America / Abdul Hamid Lotfi ; The politics of transfiguration: constitutive aspects of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 / Kathleen Moore ; The American Muslim paradox / Agha Saeed ; The greatest migration? / Robert M. Dannin ; Islamic party in North America: a quiet storm of political activism / Khalid Fattah Griggs ; The complexity of belonging: Sunni Muslim immigrants in Chicago / Garbi Schmidt ; Being Arab and becoming Americanized: forms of mediated assimilation in metropolitan Detroit / Gary David and Kenneth K. Ayouby -- Pt. 2. The European experience. Invisible Muslims: the Sahelians in France / Sylviane A. Diouf ; The northern way: Muslim communities in Norway / Saphinaz-Amal Naguib ; Turks in Germany: Muslim identity "between" states / James Helicke ; Pt. 3. The experience in areas of European settlement. Muslims in Australia: the building of a community / Anthony H. Johns and Abdullah Saeed ; Muslim women as citizens in Australia: Perth as a case study / Samina Yasmeen ; Muslims in New Zealand / William Shepard ; Muslims in South Africa: a very visible minority / Tamara Sonn ; Muslims in the Caribbean: ethnic sojourners and citizens / John O. Voll.

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Although they are typically portrayed by the media as dangerous extremists in distant lands, Muslims in fact form a permanent, peaceful and growing population in nearly every Western country. While Westerners are now more commonly seeing mosques in their neighborhoods or scarved Muslim women in their streets, misperceptions and stereotypes remain. With expanding numbers and desires to protect their rights and identities, Muslims are coming into more and more into the public view. In Muslim Minorites in the West noted scholars Haddad and Smith bring together outstanding essays on the distinct experiences of minority Muslim communities from Detroit, Michigan to Perth, Australia and the wide range of issues facing them. Haddad and Smith in their introduction trace the broad contours of the Muslim experience in Europe, America and other areas of European settlement and shed light on the common questions minority Muslims face of assimilation, discrimination, evangelism, and politics. Muslim Minorities in the West provides a welcome introduction to these increasingly visible citizens of Western nations.

Author Notes

Yvonne Haddad is Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Past president of the Middle East Studies Association, she has authored and edited many books on contemporary Islam. Jane I. Smith is Professor of Islamic Studies and Co-Director of the Macdonald Center for Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. She has done extensive work on Muslim communities in America, Christian theology in relation to Islam, historical relations between Christians and Muslims, Islamic conceptions of death and afterlife, and the role and status of women in Islam. She is also co-editor of The Muslim World.

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It is estimated that six million Muslims currently reside in the US, and about ten million live in Western Europe. Today, Muslims form large and increasingly visible minority communities in North America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean, and South Africa. These timely articles provide an excellent view into the various Muslim communities around the world, their different histories, and the tough challenges they face as they accommodate to culturally alien and often hostile host countries. The articles in the book, which has an excellent introduction by the editors, are grouped in three parts: "The American Experience," "The European Experience," and "The Experience in Areas of European Settlement." Despite their different approaches and foci, the articles offer valuable insights into the politics of the modern Muslim diaspora. All levels and collections. A. Rassam CUNY Queens College

Table of Contents

Abdul Hamid LotfiKathleen MooreAgha SaeedRobert M. DanninKhalid Fattah GriggsGarbi SchmidtGary David and Kenneth K. AyoubySylviane A. DioufSaphinaz-Amal NaguibJames HelickeAnthony H. Johns and Abdullah SaeedSamina YasmeenWilliam ShepardTamara SonnJohn O. Voll
Introductionp. v
Part I. The American Experience
Chapter 1. Spreading the Word: Communicating Islam in Americap. 3
Chapter 2. The Politics of Transfiguration: Constitutive Aspects of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998p. 25
Chapter 3. The American Muslim Paradoxp. 39
Chapter 4. The Greatest Migration?p. 59
Chapter 5. Islamic Party in North America: A Quiet Storm of Political Activismp. 77
Chapter 6. The Complexity of Belonging: Sunni Muslim Immigrants in Chicagop. 107
Chapter 7. Being Arab and Becoming Americanized: Forms of Mediated Assimilation in Metropolitan Detroitp. 125
Part II. The European Experience
Chapter 8. Invisible Muslims: The Sahelians in Francep. 145
Chapter 9. The Northern Way: Muslim Communities in Norwayp. 161
Chapter 10. Turks in Germany: Muslim Identity "Between" Statesp. 175
Part III. The Experience in Areas of European Settlement
Chapter 11. Muslims in Australia: The Building of a Communityp. 195
Chapter 12. Muslim Women as Citizens in Australia: Perth as a Case Studyp. 217
Chapter 13. Muslims in New Zealandp. 233
Chapter 14. Muslims in South Africa: A Very Visible Minorityp. 255
Chapter 15. Muslims in the Caribbean: Ethnic Sojourners and Citizensp. 265
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 289
About the Contributorsp. 303