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American Muslim women : negotiating race, class, and gender within the ummah / Jamillah Karim.

By: Karim, Jamillah Ashira, 1976-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Religion, race, and ethnicity: Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2009Description: xi, 292 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780814748091 (alk. paper); 0814748090 (alk. paper); 9780814748107 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0814748104 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Muslim women -- United States -- Social conditions | Women immigrants -- United States -- Social conditions | African American women -- Religious life | South Asian American women -- Religious life | Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations | Atlanta (Ga.) -- Race relations | Muslims -- United States -- Social conditions -- Case studies | United States -- Race relations -- Case studies | Social classes -- United States -- Case studies | Sex role -- United States -- Case studiesDDC classification: 305.6/97
Contents:
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.
Summary: "Focusing on women, who sometimes move outside of their ethnic Muslim spaced and interact with other Muslim ethnic groups in search of gender justice, this ethnographic study of African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in Chicago and Atlanta explores how Islamic ideas of racial harmony amd equality create hopeful possibilities in an American society that remains challenged by race and class inequalities."--Page 4 of cover.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-280) and index.

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.

"Focusing on women, who sometimes move outside of their ethnic Muslim spaced and interact with other Muslim ethnic groups in search of gender justice, this ethnographic study of African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in Chicago and Atlanta explores how Islamic ideas of racial harmony amd equality create hopeful possibilities in an American society that remains challenged by race and class inequalities."--Page 4 of cover.

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Karim (religious studies, Spelman College), a second generation African American Muslim scholar, explores the complex relationship between African American Muslims and South Asian Muslim immigrants in the context of the larger US Muslim community, which is estimated to number three to six million people. Karim's focus is on women members of the African American and South Asian immigrant Muslim communities of Chicago and Atlanta and the way they experience and interpret their interactions as they come together in private homes, Arabic classes, and mosques. The author's interest is on how "religious identity influences race relations and how race affects religious identity" (p.6) and on what a shared religious identity as Muslims means in a racially divided society. In other words, does the notion of a universal Muslim community, the ummah, with its ideals of sisterhood and brotherhood and social justice, transcend racial and cultural differences? Drawing on her own life and the lives of the many women she interviewed, Karim reveals the subtle and uneasy ways in which racial, ethnic, class, and gender divisions in the US interact to challenge the idealized notion of a united Muslim community. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Rassam emerita, CUNY Queens College

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