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Muslims in American Public Life

Mohamed Nimer

in Muslims in the West

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148053.003.0012
Muslims in American Public Life

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This chapter focuses on groups that identify themselves as Islamic and work to carve out a place for Muslims in the American mainstream and does not include the activities of ethnicity-based groups, whether religious or secular. The American Muslim community has experienced rapid growth over the past three decades. This is in part a result of the movement triggered by the decision of Warith Deen Mohammed to move the Nation of Islam to mainstream Islamic teachings. It also reflects the growing number of immigrants coming from Muslim-majority countries since the 1965 liberalization of immigration laws. Muslims have established more than 1,200 mosques and prayer halls in America. Several Muslim public affairs groups have emerged locally and nationally since the early 1990s, working to defend Muslims against discrimination and defamation, to give them a voice in the public arena, and to represent their needs before governmental and nongovernmental bodies.

Keywords: Muslims; Warith Deen Mohammed; Islam; liberalization; immigration; immigrants; America

Chapter.  9850 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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