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Old Islam in Detroit : rediscovering the muslim American past

Author: Sally Howell
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Across North America, Islam is portrayed as a religion of immigrants, converts, and cultural outsiders. Yet Muslims have been part of American society for much longer than most people realize. This book documents the history of Islam in Detroit, a city that is home to several of the nations oldest, most diverse Muslim communities. In the early 1900s, there were thousands of Muslims in Detroit. Most came from Eastern  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Howell
ISBN: 9780199372003 0199372004
OCLC Number: 867851676
Awards: Winner of Michigan Notable Books 2015
Description: xv, 366 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
List of illustrations --
1. Introduction --
2. The lost history of America's first mosque --
3. They are orientals and love the east: locating Muslims in the racial hierarchies of Detroit, 1922-1930 --
4. Dearborn's first mosques --
5. Doctors of the soul: building Detroit's mid-century mosques --
6. Homegrown Muslim leaders: convergences of race and class --
7. Raising the bar: movements of revival and change --
8. Conclusion --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: Sally Howell.

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Old Islam in Detroit documents the rich history of Islam in Detroit, a city that is home to several of America's oldest and most diverse Muslim communities. By looking closely at this history, Sally  Read more...

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This text will certainly interest academics working on American Islam and should become a valuable resource for teaching this subject matter. * Salua Fawzi, Muslim World Book Review * This book Read more...

 
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