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Islamic Values in the United States : A Comparative Study - Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Islamic Values in the United States

A Comparative Study

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Published: 23rd April 1987
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The religion of Islam is now an American phenomenon. Once thought to be primarily a way of life of the Arabs and a faith alien to the Judeo-Christian heritage of this country, it has grown to be one of the most prominent and rapidly-growing religious movements in America. This ethnography of immigrant Muslims considers five Northeastern communities in detail. Including numerous interviews with members of these communities, this investigation provides a highly personal look at what it means to be a believing, practicing Muslim in America at a time when Islam is under the critical scrutiny of international news. The authors describe the institutions and leadership of American Islam, Muslim law, and its applications in the American context, examining the kinds of problems that beset Muslims trying to observe the elements of their faith in a potentially difficult environment. Family life and the roles and relationships of men and women are thoroughly detailed as well.

"A very fine, brief study that will help give our students further insight into the remarkable diversity of religious values and practices in America. Its clear presentation and diverse methodology--statistics are well supplemented by interview data--make it an ideal introductory undergraduate text."--Bradford Verter, Princeton University "I especially like the diverse discussion of Islamic values in the U.S. at a level in which undergraduates can enter, appreciate, and use in their class work. It has expanded my course content and my students' source materials for the study of Islam."--John A. Grim, Bucknell University "For anyone who wants to understand the concerns, problems, practices, and establishment of Islam in the United States, this book is crucial....Provides a good beginning for understanding the flavor of Islam in this country and the issues that Muslims deal with."--Missions Tomorrow "Makes for fascinating and at times astonishing reading."--Crescent "This comprehensive study helps to remind us that America is a land of Christians, Jews, and Muslims....There are copious and important data here on issues and indices of assimilation in a multireligious and multiethnic society: the book is suggestive of hypotheses and useful as a sort of data bank."--Contemporary Sociology "Much needed....Stands alone in its depth and vigor of analysis and its objective treatment of a very important but hitherto neglected dimension of Islamic studies."--Nadar Entessar, Spring Hill College "A valuable study of religious developments of very contemporary salience. Packed with information."--R. Stephen Warner, University of Illinois, Chicago "Very useful....Nobody has ever done this before as far as I know. Very revealing."--B.G. Martin, Indiana University, Bloomington "Highly recommended for coursework and all persons interested in the effects of immigration and/or modernization on religious beliefs, values, and practices."--Religious Studies Review

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. 3
Islamic Institutions in the United Statesp. 24
Living in America: Social Integrationp. 67
Islamic Laws, Muslim Praxis, and American Culturep. 98
Gender and Sex: Roles of Muslim Women and Menp. 122
Muslims in America: Apprehensions, Associations, Aspirations, and Achievementsp. 155
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780195041132
ISBN-10: 0195041135
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 23rd April 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.67  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.22