Being and Belonging
Muslims in the United States since 9/11
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, had a dramatic, immediate effect on Muslims in the United States. Both the magnitude of the destruction within the borders of the United States and the ensuing war on terror have brought the issue of Muslims...
Part 1. The Backlash and Its Effects
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2. Citizenship, Dissent, Empire: South Asian Muslim Immigrant Youth
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In the wake of the September 11 attacks, questions of citizenship, racialization, and religious and national identities have taken on new, urgent meanings for Muslims living in the United States. South Asian Muslim youth, in particular, are coming of age at a moment when their religious and national affiliations are politically charged issues. This chapter...
3. Detroit Exceptionalism and the Limits of Political Incorporation
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National and international media often turn their attention to Detroit when exploring connections between the United States and the Middle East. So too do federal authorities. In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the special relationship between Arab Detroit, the media, and law...
4. Being Muslim and American: South Asian Muslim Youth and the War on Terror
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In this chapter, we consider some of the responses of Muslim youth growing up in the United States amidst the atmosphere of suspicion associated with the war on terror. We focus on youth from middle class families of South Asian background living in the Raleigh-Durham...
Part 2. The Changing Shape of Communities and Institutions
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5. Multiple Identities Among Arab Americans: A TAle of Two Congregations
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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, introduced a new era in our society, one that will likely have long-term effects on Americans of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. Since the attacks, Arab and Muslim communities in the United States have been especially...
6. Overstressing Islam: Bridgeview's Muslim Community Since 9/11
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Even before 9/11, a debate had simmered for some time in the United States about the ability and willingness of Muslims to become full participants in American society and the compatibility of Islam with democracy and modernity. The debate was sometimes framed as...
7. Islamic Schools, Assimilation, and the Concept of Muslim American Character
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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, intensified a concern many Americans have long had concerning its Muslim residents and communities. One of the forms this concern has taken is a heightened scrutiny of Muslim institutions and practices that might foster attitudes incompatible with the goal of integrating Muslims fully into...
8. Faith in the Form: Islamic Home Financing and "American" Islamic Law
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A casual observer of Muslim American social life after September 11, 2001, might assume that visible practices that mark someone as Muslim—the headscarf is perhaps the most commented upon example—would decline in prevalence if Muslims newly feared being...
Epilogue: On Discipline and Inclusion
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It is good that this volume appears at a temporal remove from the events of September 11, 2001. The United States’ reaction to the 9/11 attacks has included the invasion and military occupation of two (formerly) sovereign nation-states, a domestic security crackdown, new laws to justify the crackdown, and a reorganization of the...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2008