Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer is Associate Professor and Director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program at the University of Michigan.


"A skilled ethnographer, [Su'ad Abdul Khabeer] combines her poet's ear and thorough research in prose that flips the script on the anti-Black, anti-Muslim sentiment."--Ebony
"The book in sum is an admirable approach to the circulation of Blackness, which few have taken up in the context of Muslims in the United States."--Sociology of Religion
"In times when both Islam and Hip Hop have been constructed as threats to American civilization by some, Muslim Cool presents a much-needed, rigorous analysis backed by rich, ethnographic detail to present a far more nuanced and intriguing storya story that is central to understanding current U.S. racial, religious, and political landscapes. Through Khabeers groundbreaking research and carefully crafted narrative and argumentation, we discover the journeys of young Muslims who find, through Hip Hop, a way of being Muslim that helps them challenge anti-Black racism in their everyday lives and interactions with systemic inequalities. Muslim Cool is, as dead prez once rapped, bigger than Hip Hopit is a must-read for anyone interested in race, religion and culture in contemporary America."--H. Samy Alim, author of Roc the Mic Right: The Language of Hip Hop Culture
"Muslim Cool discusses much-neglected topics in the field of Islam in America; Khabeer's discussion of Muslim masculinity in the United States, for instance, is a contribution to a shockingly small bibliography on the topic."--Mashriq Mahjar Journal
"Because the text stays so close to her teachers words and theorizations while working through complex questions regarding power and religious and racial identity, it is accessible to both everyday readers and scholarly circles alike."--Religious Studies Review
"Khabeers study explores how young African American Muslim women and men who embrace Muslim cool use hip-hop styles of dress, music, dance, and spoken-word performance to assert their Muslim bona fides. In so doing, they are arguing against the anti-black biases of the dominant Middle Eastern and South Asian immigrant Muslim community in the United States. But theyre also arguing for their sense of belonging in the American national community that is normed as white even as it claims to be post-racial and multicultural."--Christian Century Review
"An intense and novel anthropological approach to the development of the relationship between African American Muslimsthe original American face of Islamand immigrant Muslims and their children. An absolute must-read."--Aminah Beverly McCloud, DePaul University
"AbdulKhabeer explores the rich relationship of hip-hop to Islam in her fascinating new work, Muslim Cool."--Foreword Reviews
"A must read for any student of anthropology, religion, migration, or urban studies."--Choice
"Muslim Coolcelebrates the spiritual grounding of hip hop and tries to tease apart its complex relationships with race and religion."--The Atlantic
"Where Chance injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality. And in doing so, as Abdul-Khabeers Muslim Cool-hunting presents, its expanding the ways in which black history, culture, and politics get expressed, re-defined, and redeployed into new contexts."--Popmatters
"Muslim Coolbrilliantly spotlights how Black Muslim youth construct and perform identities that embody indigenous forms of Black cultural production. Equally important, the text shows how these constructions are used to reimagine, reshape, and resist hegemonic and often anti-Black conceptions of Muslim identity. With masterful ethnographic detail, Abdul Khabeer offers a subtle and rich analysis of the complex relationships between race, religion, and state power. This book is a desperately needed intervention within Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Islamic Studies."--Marc Lamont Hill, author of Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity