Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam


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New York University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Sylvia Chan-Malik is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.


"Rarely does a work of scholarship so seamless and skillfully interweave methods of theory, history, ethnography, and cultural interpretation to elucidate a topic of overarching importance. With rich insight and pristine originality, Sylvia Chan-Malik establishes a new, lasting standard that will redirect future scholarship on race, gender, and transnational Islam. Readers will learn immensely from the rich fruits of such careful and judicious intellectual labor."--Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Tech
"This is a compelling, comprehensive, well-researched yet intimate exploration of intersectionality in the lives of African American Muslim women. Readers make an excursion through lives and contexts, from the beginning of the 20th century into the 21st. Chan-Malik demonstrates skills beyond the ordinary as she leaves little to the imagination regarding women's reasons for choosing Islam as a faith center and its relationship to homemaking, careers, and husbands ... It is clear that Chan-Malik consulted every form of literature available on women engaging Islam ... Chan-Malik has interrupted the stream of community biographies told through a male lens. An important book."--CHOICE
"This fascinating cultural history of Islam in the United States will surprise readers with its insights and subtleties of argument. By centering the lives, labor, and perspectives of US American Muslim women, and black Muslim women in particular, Chan-Malik makes a powerful case for conceptualizing Islam in the USin terms of its foundational blackness and the religious opposition to racism and sexism."--Zareena Grewal, author of Islam is a Foreign Country