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Conversations on Race, Faith & The Next Generation Part 3: Who Owns American Islam?

Posted by Bilal Ansari on Aug 9, 2016 9:11:43 PM

Racial, cultural, and social divideshave been a disturbing reality in Muslim communities throughout the United States, despite the unique diversity of the American Muslim community. At the forefront of this divide are the two largest demographics of American Muslims today: indigenous African-Americans and immigrants. Since the immigration from Muslim lands began in the early 20th century, the complex, and often tense, history between the two sub-communities continues to be a barrier for second1 and third generation American Muslims trying to move the community forward in the 21st century.  Though most may agree on the unity of the community as an ideal, putting it into practice requires an open, and sometimes uncomfortable, discussion.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, Race, identity, muslim identity, racism

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