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American Muslim Politics

  • Author(s): Leonard, Karen
  • et al.

This overview of American Muslim politics surveys the major communities & organizations of Muslims in the USA & their discourses before & after 11 September 2001. African Americans, Arab Americans & South Asian Americans are the three largest groups, &, after setting out their differences, the political discourses & practices drawing them together in American politics are analyzed. The important conflict between the many new, western-educated professional leaders of the Muslim political coalitions in the US, whose knowledge of classical Islamic civilization & law is not great, & the fewer numbers of classically-trained legal scholars is discussed, leading to a review of personal issues that are also intensely political, particularly those concerning gender roles. 11 September produced challenges to the new professional leadership from the mainstream American media & government officials, opening up the field of discourse about Muslims in America. This has led to a greater focus on US domestic issues & perhaps a larger role for the young generation of American Muslims. The overall trajectory is that of an evolving & distinctively American set of Muslim discourses & practices. 116 References. [Copyright 2003 Sage Publications Ltd.]

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