By Jocelyne Cesari
Exploring the woefully ignored fact of Islam as an important cultural and spiritual side of yank and ecu politics and societies, Cesari examines how Muslims within the West are not easy the proposal of an inevitable conflict or war of words. With approximately twelve million Muslims dwelling within the better international locations of Western Europe and virtually six million in the USA, the demanding situations of integrating newbies inside of varied international locations, and where of Islam in democratic and secular context within the put up 9-11 context, became extra pertinent. evaluating the interplay of Muslims with their new international locations, this ebook addresses the results of elevated Islamic visibility, violent clashes, invaluable cooperation, and questions in the Muslim neighborhood approximately their position and the position of Islam in democratic states. Pursuing a holistic method of Muslims as a brand new minority inside western democracy, Cesari presents very important insights.
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It is also in the United States, however, in which the events September 11 have had the harshest consequences for Muslims. 50 But it is the “War on Terror” that has been the greatest source of Muslim stigmatization. Antiterrorist measures in America have included the increased surveillance of immigrants and visitors coming from Muslim countries, racial profiling, and Department of Justice interviews, and investigations of Muslims already present in the country. 51 Two years after the World Trade Center attacks, protest continues against governmental attacks on civil liberties, the victims of which are primarily immigrant Muslims or people of immigrant Muslim origin.
In spite of considerable social and economic progress in the last 30 years, the economic and social situation of black Muslims continues to be one of social and urban segregation. This group is still beset by poverty, drug use, and delinquency. 9 In such circumstances, conversion to Islam seems like a viable way to transform racial stigma from a liability into an asset. In the ghettos and prisons of the United States, Islam is gaining rapid converts. According to Wendy Murray Zoba’s figures, nearly 80 percent of conversions to Islam in America take place among the black community.
By the same token, however, the continuing strength of the racial divide means that this correlation exists on separatist terms; in other words, African American cultural change has remained within the black community, without any real communication between it and other segments of American society. 28 ● When Islam and Democracy Meet In December of 1999, we interviewed Ayesha, the president of the Women’s Association of Islam in Harlem. She is around 40 years old and became a Muslim in 1971. Born into a Methodist family from Alabama, she arrived in New York at the height of Malcolm X’s preaching career.
When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States by Jocelyne Cesari