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Finding Mecca in AmericaHow Islam Is Becoming an American Religion$
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Mucahit Bilici

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226049564

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922874.001.0001

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Muslim Life and American Forms

Muslim Life and American Forms

(p.1) Introduction Muslim Life and American Forms
Finding Mecca in America

Mucahit Bilici

University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the transition from being Muslim in America to becoming an American Muslim. In other words, how does “American” become a property of Muslim identity? It discusses the impact of 9/11; how Muslims experience the split between the nation and themselves as aliens most directly at the airport; and the hermeneutics of the immigrant as a subject of citizenship. It characterizes American Muslims and American Islam. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   9/11, American Muslims, American society, airports, Muslim identity, immigrants, citizenship

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