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Mission to America : Five Islamic Sectarian Communities in North America

Mission to America : Five Islamic Sectarian Communities in North America - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0813012179

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ISBN13: 978-0813012179
ISBN10: 0813012171
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Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Published: 1993
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Mission to America : Five Islamic Sectarian Communities in North America - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0813012179

Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane Idleman Smith

ISBN13: 978-0813012179
ISBN10: 0813012171
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: University Press of Florida

Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

Islam in the United States has developed a fascinating and diverse range of interpretations. Based in large part on community documents and on interviews and correspondence with community members, this study is the first look at these sectarian movements in the hundred-year history of Muslim religious development in the United States.

Mainline Sunni and Shi'i response to each of the five groups examined has varied from wariness to condemnation. Of the groups--the Druze, the Ahmadiyya Community of North America, the Moorish Science Temple of America, the Ansar Allah Community, and the United Submitters International--two have sprung up among African-Americans, two are immigrant communities that have transplanted their faith to the United States, and one, whose Egyptian leader has proclained himself a Messenger of God, is a genuine North American Islamic interpretation.

This groundbreaking book provides important insights into religion in North America and into contemporary Muslim issues of interest to students and scholars. Not only does it raise fundamental religious questions (Who is a true believer? Who can rightfully interpret the faith? Who decides such issues?), it also documents events from the lives of members of sectarian groups and the concerns they face in U.S. communities.

Author Bio

Haddad, Yvonne Y. : University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is associate editor of the Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, author of Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History, and coeditor of The Muslims of America and co-editor of Christian-Muslim Encounters (UPF, 1995)

Smith, Jane I. :

Jane Idleman Smith is professor of history of religions and vice-president and dean of academic affairs at Iliff School of Theology, Denver. She is the author of The Concept "Islam" in the History of Our'anic Exegesis and the editor of Women in Contemporary Muslim Society. The two are coauthors of The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection.

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