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Becoming American?

The Forging of Arab and Muslim Identity in Pluralist America

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Publication Year: 2011

Countless generations of Arabs and Muslims have called the United States"home."Yet while diversity and pluralism continue to define contemporary America, many Muslims are viewed by their neighbors as painful reminders of conflict and violence. In this concise volume, renowned historian Yvonne Haddad argues that American Muslim identity is as uniquely American it is for as any other race, nationality, or religion.

Becoming American? first traces the history of Arab and Muslim immigration into Western society during the 19th and 20th centuries, revealing a two-fold disconnect between the cultures—America's unwillingness to accept these new communities at home and the activities of radical Islam abroad. Urging America to reconsider its tenets of religious pluralism, Haddad reveals that the public square has more than enough room to accommodate those values and ideals inherent in the moderate Islam flourishing throughout the country. In all, in remarkable, succinct fashion, Haddad prods readers to ask what it means to be truly American and paves the way forward for not only increased understanding but for forming a Muslim message that is capable of uplifting American society.

Published by: Baylor University Press


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1. The Shaping of Arab and Muslim Identity in the United States

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pp. 1-36

The al-Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are repeatedly depicted as having “changed America forever.” Whether or not such hyperbole is completely justified, there can be little doubt of the reverberations of the event in all spheres of American life in general and in the lives of Muslims and Arabs living in the United States in...

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2. Muslims and American Religious Pluralism

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pp. 37-66

The September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have fostered new reflections on Islamic theological discourse throughout the Muslim world on issues of violence, tolerance, diversity, and pluralism. Some of the discourse was initiated as a response to the universal condemnation of the ideology the terrorists claimed as inspired by the teachings of Islam. ...

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3. The Shaping of a Moderate NorthAmerican Islam

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pp. 67-96

The events of 9/11 have refocused the preference of American policy makers for “moderate” Islam, a goal that has been promoted by certain sectors in the American establishment since the fall of the Soviet Empire and adopted by President Bush after 9/11.1 The Bush administration launched several initiatives to foster, nurture, and empower “moderate” Muslims, at the same time that the Justice Department under John Ashcroft promoted...


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pp. 97-111

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pp. 113-124

E-ISBN-13: 9781602584082
E-ISBN-10: 1602584087
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602584068
Print-ISBN-10: 1602584060

Page Count: 130
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1st

OCLC Number: 761369131
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