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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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“That’s What They Think of Us”

“That’s What They Think of Us”

(p.103) Chapter Five “That’s What They Think of Us”
Believing in South Central

Pamela J. Prickett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter unpacks the interaction between African American Muslims and South Asian and Arab American Muslims, who visited the mosque to make charitable donations. It reveals how believers at the mosque responded to perceptions their Muslim brothers and sisters from other ethnic categories looked down on them, contrasting sharply with the ideal of Islam as a religion without racial hierarchy. Such ethnic cleavages stand in stark contrast to the ideal of an inclusive ummah, but they emerge because all US Muslims live at the intersection of America’s racial and religious orders. While there is much Othering that happens among African American and immigrant Muslims, what tensions ultimately reveal is the enduring legacy of white racial dominance in the United States and its cascading impacts on the everyday lives of US Muslims.

Keywords:   African American Muslims, immigrant Muslims, race, ethnicity

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