Islam in America (Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series)
By: Jane I. Smith (author)Hardback
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Most Americans are only vaguely aware of the Muslim community in the United States and know little about the religion itself, despite Islam's increasing importance in international affairs and the rapid growth in the number of Americans who call themselves Muslims. Now, a foremost authority in the field has crafted a richly textured portrait of the Muslim community in the United States today. Jane I. Smith introduces the basic tenets of the Muslim faith, surveys the history of Islam in this country, and profiles the lifestyles, religious practices, and world views of American Muslims. The volume pays particular attention to the tension felt by many in this community as they attempt to live faithfully, adhering to their traditions while at the same time adapting to an alien culture that appears to many Muslims to be excessively secular and materialistic. The book also covers the role of women in American Islam, the raising and educating of children, the use of products acceptable to Muslims, appropriate dress and behavior, concerns about prejudice and unfair treatment, and other issues related to life in a country in which Islam is often misunderstood.
Jane I. Smith is professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. The coeditor of The Muslim World and an editor of the Encyclopedia of Women in World Religion, she is the author of The Concept of Islam in the History of Qur'anic Exegesis and coauthor of Mission to America, and serves as a member of the Commission on Interfaith Relations of the National Council of Churches.
Introduction One: Muslim Faith and Practice Two: Contributors to the Development of Islam Three: Islam Comes to America Four: Islam in the African American Community Five: Women and the Muslim American Family Six: Living a Muslim Life in American Society Chapter Seven: The Public Practice of Islam Chapter Eight: Looking to the Future Profiles: American Muslims of Note Chronology Notes Glossary Resources for the Study of American Islam
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