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Believing in South CentralEveryday Islam in the City of Angels$
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Pamela J. Prickett

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226747149

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226747316.001.0001

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“Our Test Is Living a Community Life”

“Our Test Is Living a Community Life”

(p.15) Chapter One “Our Test Is Living a Community Life”
(p.iii) Believing in South Central

Pamela J. Prickett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines community life during Ramadan, the holy month when believers strove the hardest to deepen their faith and their collective actions became most intense. It shows the obstacles believers faced when trying to fulfill their religious obligation to feed the less fortunate, including moral debates within the community over whom to feed first. These obstacles, and the ways that believers worked through them as a community with overlapping and sometimes competing material needs, sets up a core tension of the book. The chapter shows how pious agency is structured by and within local social, political, and economic contexts and how believers work the immediate environment and its structural dimensions of urban disadvantage into their formulations of what it means to be Muslim.

Keywords:   Ramadan, African American, community

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