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The Oxford Handbook of American Islam, Hardback Book

The Oxford Handbook of American Islam Hardback

Edited by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith

Part of the Oxford Handbooks series


Islam has been part of the increasingly complex American religious scene for well over a century, and was brought into more dramatic focus by the attacks of September 11, 2001.

American Islam is practiced by a unique blend of immigrants and American-born Muslims.

The immigrants have come from all corners of the world; they include rich and poor, well-educated and illiterate, those from upper and lower classes as well as economic and political refugees.

Thecommunity's diversity has been enhanced by the conversion of African Americans, Latina/os, and others, making it the most heterogeneous Muslim community in the world. With an up-to-the-minute analysis by thirty of the top scholars in the field, this handbook covers the growth of Islam in America from the earliest Muslims to set foot on American soil to the current wave of Islamophobia.

Topics covered include the development of African American Islam; pre- and post-WWII immigrants; Sunni, Shi'ite, sectarian and Sufi movements in America; the role and status of women, marriage, and family; and the Americanization of Islamic culture. Throughout these chapters the contributors explore the meaning of religious identity in the context of race, ethnicity, gender, and politics, both within the American Islamic community and in relation to international Islam.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 576 pages, 9 b/w halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Religion & politics
  • ISBN: 9780199862634


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