Acceptance or Challenge?
Muslim communities in the United States: A multicultural puzzle
Abstract: Plurality of cultures in the United States has a long history. The country has, from its founding, accepted immigrants from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. Muslims have contributed to the multicultural landscape of the United States since, at least, the groundbreaking expedition of Christopher Columbus, which took place 284 years before the American Declaration of Independence. Muslims in the United States represent nothing less than 77 ethnic origins which, along with their racial and religious heterogeneity, epitomise the multicultural character of the communities distributed throughout the whole country. Notwithstanding this, the United States has experienced the creation of the “Black Muslims” who constitute a unique element of the American multicultural puzzle. Beneath the surface, though, one can observe some tensions and frictons which are reflected in, inter alia, (negative) social-cultural images of particular ethnic minorities, including the ones portraying the followers of Allah and their religion. Such tensions and frictions are, in turn, an ineluctable component of any multicultural society.
Keywords: Muslim communities in the United States, “push-pull factors”, the “Black Muslims”, social-cultural images of Muslims and Islam ← 63 | 64 →
This article constitutes an attempt to adumbrate a sociological portrait of Muslim communities in the United States. The portrayal presented refers to the issue of how many of followers of Allah inhabit the USA. Apart from providing the estimates prepared by various Muslim and non-Muslim sources, the article refers to the geography of the spatial location of the communities, which can...
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