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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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Awakening Citizenship: Rights Meet Bearers

Awakening Citizenship: Rights Meet Bearers

(p.123) Four Awakening Citizenship: Rights Meet Bearers
Finding Mecca in America

Mucahit Bilici

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between victimhood and citizenship as it is articulated in the work of a Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It begins with a brief history of CAIR and then moves on to the ways in which CAIR mediates and strives to establish fluency between rights (American law) and their bearers (Muslims). It concludes with a discussion of the cultivation of civility and an argument on negative incorporation.

Keywords:   victimhood, citizenship, Muslims, Council on American-Islamic Relations, civility

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