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Author Na‘m, ‘Abd Allh Amad, 1946-

Title What is an American Muslim? : embracing faith and citizenship / Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  297.0973 NAI    AVAILABLE
Description 217 pages ; 25 cm
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Summary "Since 2001, there has been a tremendous backlash against the very idea that it is possible to be both American and Muslim-the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" and the attempts to ban shari'a law are examples. Even within the Muslim community many leaders urge believers to integrate more fully into the mainstream of American life. Is it possible to be both fully American and devoutly Muslim? An American citizen born and raised in the Sudan, an internationally recognized scholar of Islam, and a human rights activist, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im brings a unique perspective to this crucial question. By demanding that Muslims assimilate, he argues, allies and critics alike assume that American Muslims are a monolithic bloc, a permanent minority set apart from that which is truly "American." An-Na'im wholeheartedly rejects this notion and urges Muslims to embrace their faith without fear. Islam, he argues, is one of many dimensions of identity-Muslims are also members of different ethnic groups, political parties, and social circles, not to mention husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, baseball fans and movie buffs. In short, Muslims share a vast array of identities with other Americans, but the most important identity they all share is as citizens. Muslims, An-Na'im argues, must embrace the full range of rights and responsibilities that come with American citizenship, and participate fully in civic life, while at the same time asserting their right to define their faith for themselves. They must view themselves, simply, as American citizens who happen to be Muslims. What Is an American Muslim? is a bold and provocative take on the future of Islam in America"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-206) and index.
Contents Identity and Citizenship: Beyond Minority Politics -- Negotiating Citizenship in the United States -- Religious Self-Determination for American Muslims -- Legal Dimensions of Religions Self-Determination -- Imagined and Re-Imagined Communities: Looking forward.
Subject Muslims -- United States.
Citizenship -- United States.
ISBN 9780199895694 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
0199895694 (hbk. : acid-free paper)

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