"There has never been an America without Muslims"―so begins Amir Hussain, one of the most important scholars and teachers of Islam in America. Hussain, who is himself an American Muslim, contends that Muslims played an essential role in the creation and cultivation of the United States.Memories of 9/11 and the rise of global terrorism fuel concerns about American Muslims. The fear of American Musl...
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Publisher: Baylor University Press (September 13, 2016)
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Professor Hussain, immediate past Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, has written another important book. With “Muslims in the Making of America” he knocks the ball out of the stadium. Book clubs, American Studies courses, and ...
stems from the stereotype that all followers of Islam are violent extremists who want to overturn the American way of life. Inherent to this stereotype is the popular misconception that Islam is a new religion to America.In Muslims and the Making of America Hussain directly addresses both of these stereotypes. Far from undermining America, Islam and American Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of American life. Hussain chronicles the history of Islam in America to underscore the valuable cultural influence of Muslims on American life. He then rivets attention on music, sports, and culture as key areas in which Muslims have shaped and transformed American identity. America, Hussain concludes, would not exist as it does today without the essential contributions made by its Muslim citizens.