Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Short Takes

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Short Takes

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Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past Sally Howell 2014. Pp. 384 I 38 illus. HB. $35 Oxford University Press, USA

One major wave of Muslim arrivals in the United States was in the 1900s, there were thousands ofMuslims in Detroit. Most came from Eastern Europe, the Ottoman Empire, and British India. In 1921, they built a mosque in Highland Park, Illinois, the nation's first, finds Sally Howell.

She argues that over the decades due to influ- | j ^H£*'3ff .fr' enees, including inter-racial marriages with natives, an "American Islam" had emerged. However, when immigration laws were liberalized in 1965, the new immigrants found Detroit's old Muslims and their mosques to be Americanised, even unorthodox. Also in that period, African American converts became the Muslim majority - although some held beliefs at odds with Islam. Howell documents the rise of early Muslim communities, and documents the cultural wars and debates that arose when the newcomers found the old Muslims' mannerisms or their American identities at odds with the tenets of the faith.

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In their own words, residents from West Bank and Gaza describe how their lives have been shaped by the conflict. These stories humanize the violations of human rights that occur daily in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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