A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order


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Cambridge University Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Kambiz GhaneaBassiriis Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, USA.


"This book offers a much needed and richly detailed overview of the story of Islam and Muslims on this continent from earliest times to the present. An invaluable work." -Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School
This remarkable book draws on a broad range of primary and secondary sources to develop a new synthesis. It deepens our appreciation of Islam's internal diversity, reveals some of the different ways that Muslim identity has been improvised in inter-religious exchanges in America, and debunks stereotypes about what it means to be Muslim and American. This is a careful work of scholarship and a fascinating narrative history. -- Christopher G. White, Assistant Professor of Religion in America, Vassar College
A History of Islam in America is a major step forward in understanding the encounters and exchanges between Muslims and non-Muslims in the US. This richly documented and fascinating analysis provides a powerful challenge to stereotypes that exclude Islam from the orbit of 'the West.' -- Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This book is the most comprehensive historical monograph yet written about Islam in the United States. -Edward E. Curtis, Journal of American History
...this scholarly book is a valuable and welcome contribution to the historical study of Islam in the West in general, and the United States in particular. The book's core thesis is the complexity and diversity of American Muslims' experience in the new world.The book is highly recommended, for it serves specialists and non-specialists alike. -Digest of Middle East Studies
Professor GhaneaBassiri does an excellent job, and his encyclopedic, erudite, and objective study deserves to be read widely, and its arguments deserve to be taken seriously by others in the field. -Journal of Church and State
GhaneaBassiri modestly pens not The History of Islam in America, but A History of Islam in America splendidly. -Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Of all the books under review, GhaneaBassiri's is the most self-conscious and rigorous in its methodology. -Middle East Journal
GhaneaBassiri provides a timely, informative, scholarly, and well-documented book that sheds new light on the history and experience of Muslims in the United States, refuting the naive notion of a clash of civilizations. -El-Sayed El-Aswad, Digest of Middle East Studies
GhaneaBassiri...addresses the production of knowledge about both Muslims and the United States that allows for...dichotomizing logic. In doing so, he disproves suppositions that Muslims' lives are intrinsically or historically distinct from "America" while demonstrating that a scholar of Islamic traditions can also be a thorough and theoretically sophisticated Americanist, and vice versa. GhaneaBassiri's extraordinary collection and redaction of materials, combined with his historiographical and methodological insights, constitute a major intervention into several oft-segregated fields. -Rosemary R. Hicks, Journal of the American Academy of Religion; Tufts University
When we come to GhaneaBassiri's volume, I believe that we have one of the best books available today describing how Muslims from the earliest days of their presence in America to the very contemporary period have both participated in and have been molded by the flow of American history. -Jane I. Smith, The Journal of Religion