American Muslim Women Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah

ISBN-10: 0814748104
ISBN-13: 9780814748107
Edition: 2008
Authors: Jamillah Karim
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Provide[s] engaging insights into the lives of contemporary American Muslim women. . . . Drawing occasionally on her own experiences and deftly but lightly invoking the relevant interdisciplinary theoretical literature, [Karim] has produced a book that flows beautifully to its thoughtful conclusion. --Karen Isaksen Leonard, author of Muslims in the United States: The State of Research African American Muslims and South Asian Muslim immigrants are two of the largest ethnic Muslim groups in the U.S. Yet there are few sites in which African Americans and South Asian immigrants come together, and South Asians are often held up as a model minority against African Americans. However, the American ummah, or American Muslim community, stands as a unique site for interethnic solidarity in a time of increased tensions between native-born Americans and immigrants. This ethnographic study of African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in Chicago and Atlanta explores how Islamic ideals of racial harmony and equality create hopeful possibilities in an American society that remains challenged by race and class inequalities. The volume focuses on women, who due to gender inequalities, are sometimes more likely to move outside of their ethnic Muslim spaces and interact with other Muslim ethnic groups in search of gender justice. American Muslim Women explores the relationships and sometimes alliances between African Americans and South Asian immigrants, drawing on interviews with a diverse group of women from these two communities. Karim investigates what it means to negotiate religious sisterhood against Americas race and class hierarchies, and how those in the American Muslim community both construct and cross ethnic boundaries. American Muslim Women reveals the ways in which multiple forms of identity frame the American Muslim experience, in some moments reinforcing ethnic boundaries, and at other times, resisting them.

Jamillah Karim  is an international lecturer in race, gender, and Islam in America. She was formerly Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Spelman College. She is the author of  American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
African American and Immigrant Relations: Between Inequality and Global Flows
Race, Class, and Residence in the Chicago Ummah: Ethnic Muslim Spaces and American Muslim Discourses
Across Ethnic Boundaries: Women's Movement and Resistance in the Chicago Ummah
Negotiating an American Muslim Identity after September 11: Second-Generation Muslim Women in Chicago
Negotiating Gender Lines: Women's Movement across Atlanta Mosques
Negotiating Sisterhood, Gender, and Generation: Friendship between Second-Generation South Asian American and African American Muslim Women
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
About the Author

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