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The Cambridge Companion to American Islam


  • 10 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 386 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 297.0973
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: BP67.U6 C355 2013
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Islam--United States

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781107002418)

The Cambridge Companion to American Islam offers a scholarly overview of the state of research on American Muslims and American Islam. The book presents the reader with a comprehensive discussion of the debates, challenges and opportunities that American Muslims have faced through centuries of American history. This volume also covers the creative ways in which American Muslims have responded to the myriad serious challenges that they have faced and continue to face in constructing a religious praxis and complex identities that are grounded in both a universal tradition and the particularities of their local contexts. The book introduces the reader to some of the many facets of the lives of American Muslims that can only be understood in their interactions with Islam's entanglement in the American experiment.

• Comprehensive overview of the subject • By leading scholars in the field


1. The study of American Muslims: a history Edward E. Curtis, IV; 2. African Muslim slaves and Islam in antebellum America Richard Brent Turner; 3. Laying the groundwork for American Muslim histories: 1865–1965 Sally Howell; 4. American Muslims in the contemporary world: 1965 to the present Zain Abdullah; 5. Converts and conversions Michael Muhammad Knight; 6. Demographics, political participation, and representation Amaney Jamal and Liali Albana; 7. American Muslims and the media Nabil Echchaibi; 8. Muslims in the American legal system Kathleen M. Moore; 9. Religious pluralism, secularism, and interfaith Rosemary R. Hicks; 10. Organizing communities: institutions, networks, groups Karen Leonard; 11. Negotiating boundaries: American Sufis Gisela Webb; 12. Religious normativity and praxis among American Muslims Kambiz GhaneaBassiri; 13. Muslim spaces and mosque architecture Akel Ismail Kahera; 14. Islamic education in the United States: debates, practices, and institutions Zareena Grewal and R. David Coolidge; 15. Muslim public intellectuals and global Muslim thought Timur Yuskaev; 16. Cultural and literary production of Muslim America Sylvia Chan-Malik; 17. Muslim youth cultures Su'ad Abdul Khabeer and Maytha Alhassen; 18. Sexual identity, marriage, and family Debra Majeed; 19. Studying American Muslim women: between feminism, activism, and secular society Juliane Hammer.


'The twenty chapters of this superbly edited volume etch American Muslims at the crossroads - between immigrant past and citizen future, between indigenous African-American and global Arab-Asian. Neither secular nor Sufi nor Salafi but contingent, mobile, and engaged, they define in their piebald quest the distinctly American path to emancipatory pluralism.' Bruce Lawrence, Duke University

'This important collection is likely to inform discussions on Islam in America for generations to come. If nothing else, it shows how 'Islamic Studies' as a whole is being redefined as we speak.' Sherman A. Jackson, University of Southern California

'A constructive and timely overview of current research on American Islam.' The Times Literary Supplement


Edward E. Curtis, IV, Richard Brent Turner, Sally Howell, Zain Abdullah, Michael Muhammad Knight, Amaney Jamal, Liali Albana, Nabil Echchaibi, Kathleen M. Moore, Rosemary R. Hicks, Karen Leonard, Gisela Webb, Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Akel Ismail Kahera, Zareena Grewal, R. David Coolidge, Timur Yuskaev, Sylvia Chan-Malik, Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Maytha Alhassen, Debra Majeed, Juliane Hammer

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