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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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The English Language and Islam: Genealogy of an Encounter

The English Language and Islam: Genealogy of an Encounter

(p.64) Two The English Language and Islam: Genealogy of an Encounter
Finding Mecca in America

Mucahit Bilici

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the cultural implications of the encounter between the English language and Islam. Examining both its historical and contemporary moments, the chapter explores the impact of English on the understanding of Islam and the transformative appropriation of English by American Muslims. In other words, it investigates the ways in which Muslims perceived the English language in the past and how they now make it a Muslim language in the English-speaking American society where they are a minority.

Keywords:   English language, Islam, American Muslims, Muslim language

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