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Second-Generation Muslim Immigrants in Detroit Mosques: The Second Generation's Search for Their Place and Identity in the American Mosque

Ihsan Bagby

in Passing on the Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226474
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226474.003.0013

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

Second-Generation Muslim Immigrants in Detroit Mosques: The               Second Generation's Search for Their Place and Identity in the American Mosque

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Muslim immigrants started arriving in America in large numbers after the 1965 liberalization of immigration law. They achieved economic success, raised families, and established mosques as a commitment to retaining their faith and passing on that faith to their children. Now, after four decades, the children of these immigrants are maturing—a significant portion of them are in high school and college and some are starting their own families. Using data and interviews from a study of Detroit mosques, this chapter looks at second-generation mosque-goers and addresses three issues: 1) the second generation's sense of belonging to the mosque; 2) their identity; and 3) their approach to understanding Islam. The overriding question in these three issues is the assimilation of the second generation—whether the second generation will leave the mosque and abandon their religious and ethnic identity.

Keywords: American Muslims; Muslim immigrations; assimilation; second-generation Muslims

Chapter.  9697 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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