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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History$
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Paul Harvey and Edward Blum

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231140201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.001.0001

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Islam in America

Islam in America

(p.365) 20. Islam in America
The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History

Jane Smith

Columbia University Press

This chapter looks at the history of Islam in America. The history of the Muslim faith in America exemplifies many of the principles associated with immigration, the globalization of American religious communities, and ethnic insularity and self-definitions. The first significant entry of Muslims onto the American continent took place with the African slave trade from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. The earliest Muslim immigrants arrived between 1875 and 1912 from the rural areas of Greater Syria in the Ottoman Empire, what today is Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel. This chapter also examines the African Americans' embrace of Islam in their effort to find an identity and a place in American society, with particular emphasis on the rise of the Nation of Islam. It also considers white converts to Islam, Muslim ideologies and institutions in America, and issues and concerns for the American Muslim community. Finally, it assesses the current state of Islamic studies in the United States.

Keywords:   American history, Islam, America, immigration, Muslims, immigrants, African Americans, Nation of Islam, converts, Islamic studies

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