New Book: “Islam and the Americas”

61RVtAchQ9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Islam and the Americas (University Press of Florida), edited by Aisha Khan (New York University) will be launched at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University on April 9, 2015, 5:00-6:30pm.

Islam and the Americas—described by Dr. Walter D. Mignolo as “A tour de force that underwrites and shifts the petrified image of Islam disseminated by mainstream media”—includes chapters on Islam in Suriname, Puerto Rico, Guadalupe, Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad, and the Bahamas. I can’t wait to read this one! Congratulations to Dr. Khan and all the contributors, and a special shout out to my former colleague Jerusa Ali (“Bahamian and Brazilian Muslimahs: Struggle for Identity and Belonging”).

Description: In case studies that include the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume trace the establishment of Islam in the Americas over the past three centuries. They simultaneously explore Muslims’ lived experiences and examine the ways Islam has been shaped in the “Muslim minority” societies in the New World, including the Gilded Age’s fascination with Orientalism, the gendered interpretations of doctrine among Muslim immigrants and local converts, the embrace of Islam by African American activist-intellectuals like Malcolm X, and the ways transnational hip hop artists re-create and reimagine Muslim identities.

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