Includes bibliographical references (pages 477-497) and index.
"Examines American identity as influenced by its founding and history and the diverse Muslim experience in America, as well as the experience of other religious groups, and how each has affected the other"--Provided by publisher.
Muslim odyssey -- Part I. American identity. Defining American identity ; Searching for American identity -- Part II. Islam in America. African Americans as first Muslims ; Immigrant Muslims : living the American dream/American nightmare ; Muslim converts : shame and honor in a time of excess -- Part III. Adjusting and adapting. Jews and Muslims : bridging a great divide ; Mormons and Muslims : getting to know you ; The importance of being America -- Appendix : personal reflections on the fieldwork