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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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Homeland Insecurity: How Immigrant Muslims Naturalize America in Islam

Homeland Insecurity: How Immigrant Muslims Naturalize America in Islam

(p.90) Three Homeland Insecurity: How Immigrant Muslims Naturalize America in Islam
Finding Mecca in America

Mucahit Bilici

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the difficulty some Muslims have in seeing America as a homeland. It first discusses the concept of home and what it means to feel at home. It then considers the cultural idioms or topoi with which early Muslim immigrants and Muslims in the early stages of their immigration made sense of their presence in America. This diasporic moment and vocabulary changed over time as exposure and interaction led to a more nuanced understanding. There are also crucial juridical tools by which Muslims religiously interpret America and produce an articulation of America as “home.” The fundamental question that this chapter answers is: how do Muslims naturalize the United States in Islam?

Keywords:   Muslim Americans, citizenship, home, cultural idioms, Muslim immigrants, naturalization

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