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Islam and the Americas

Edited by Aisha Khan

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780813060132
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780813050584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813060132.001.0001
Islam and the Americas

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Islam and the Americas gathers together the work of twelve scholars from anthropology, history, sociology, political science, literature, and religious studies, whose interdisciplinary contributions consider historical and contemporary Muslim populations and communities in Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. The volume inquires into the ways that Islam translates into vernacular forms of belief and practice in the Americas, a process by which Muslims are both sustained and created. Emphasizing everyday life in ethnographic and historical approaches, contributors explore the experiences of Muslims not living in “Muslim majority” societies but, rather, in “minority” contexts in the Americas, where Islam and the West have been in dialogue for half a millennium. With this focus, the volume unpacks what the calculation “minority” assumes, and what these forms of experience reveal about dimensions of social, political, and cultural life articulated outside of what are presumed to be religious parameters. Contributors inquire into the diversity of circumstances that brought Islam to the Americas, the contingent ways that Muslims have been defined and represented over time, and the trajectories and networks of power that create our changing notions of “the Americas,” “American,” “Muslim,” and “Islam.”

Keywords: Islam; Americas; modernity; ethnography; history; lived experience; comparative religions; Muslim minority societies; interdisciplinary approaches

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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