Synopses & Reviews
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 worldviews 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.
"A comprehensive survey in which the voices of Muslims present the issues that confront them in contemporary America." Yvonne Haddad, The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
"A much needed corrective to the negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims that prevail in the United States.... The importance of this work is that it demonstrates that there is no monolithic Islam, steadfastly attempting to undermine American values and interests." Anna Bigelow, The Journal of Religious Studies