South Asian Leadership of American Muslims

Karen Leonard

in Muslims in the West

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849277 | DOI:
South Asian Leadership of American Muslims

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Muslims are an increasingly important part of the sociopolitical landscape in the United States. The number of African American Muslims has always been substantial and the number of Euro-American converts is growing, but the growth of Islam in America is mainly a result of the rapid influx of immigrants and their relatively high birthrate. American Muslims come from a range of backgrounds, but, this chapter argues that South Asian Muslims (primarily from Pakistan and India) have increasingly come to the fore as their intellectual and political leaders. It also argues that second-generation South Asian Muslim Americans, because of a dissolving of diasporic identities in the future, will become a less distinct part of an evolving leadership group of young American Muslims in the increasingly transglobal movement toward a “modern” and meaningful ummah.

Keywords: United States; Muslims; Islam; immigrants; American Muslims; Pakistan; India

Chapter.  9604 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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