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A History of Islam In America

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Muslims began arriving in the New World long before the rise of the Atlantic slave trade. The first arrivals date to the turn of the sixteenth century when European explorers and colonists crossed the Atlantic in search of new horizons and trading routes. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri's fascinating book traces the history of Muslims in the United States and their different waves of ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published April 19th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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The other John
One nice thing about sending your children to college is that they bring home interesting books. In one sense, A History of Islam in America didn't quite live up to its title--the lives and beliefs of American Muslims haven't been all that well documented over the centuries. But some of what Professor GhaneaBassiri did find I found fascinating, especially Islam in antebellum America and the milieu at the turn of the 20th Century. Muslims before the Civil War were mostly Africans, taken from thei ...more
Kristian Petersen
Despite the fact that many American Muslim families have lived in the United States for generations they are often thought of as foreigners. I have witnessed on several occasions someone asking an African American Muslim when they converted to Islam or what drew them to the religion. Or asking Muslims from Middle Eastern or Asian descent where they are from or when they came to America. These questions are not always intended to be malicious but they do underscore some of the assumptions about M ...more
Yasmine Flodin-Ali
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal. Very comprehensive, draws on a wide range of sources. Especially wonderful examination of early Muslim American history, which is frequently overlooked/spottily covered.
Dan Gorman
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magisterial study of Islam in the United States from the colonial age to the present. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri makes the valid point, over and over, that there is no single Muslim experience in America. Islam is as diverse as any other religion (or cluster of religions, depending on how you define smaller sects). Muslim immigrants, like Jews and Catholics and so many others before them, have had to juggle their heritage and their new U.S. context. The book's discussions of Muslim pan-Africanists, su ...more
Roger DeBlanck
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Although this book is essential for anyone seeking knowledge of Islam's origins and development in America, it is primarily an academic study. It is heavy with erudite theory that can slow down the overall narrative flow of the history chronicled. Still, it is fascinating to trace the facts and details of Muslims in America since the settling of the "New World" through the millennium.
Gayla Bassham
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a more academic, less narrative history than I was really looking for. Still, it is valuable scholarship, and I found it quite interesting once I adjusted my expectations.
Tawsif Elahi Chowdhury
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely useful as a reference text for those who are interested in Islam in the Americas.
Tuscany Bernier
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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GREAT READ! I think it is easy for people to blow off the contents of this book as unimportant,(especially in the beginning since the beginning is a bit dry), but it is vital - in my opinion - for American Muslims to look who came before us. Some people weren't who we expected and sometimes our history isn't pretty. Some of the first Muslims to touch this land were enslaved people from West Africa. Do you know about the Ben Ali Diary? Do you know about Inayat Khan or Imam W.D. Muhammad? What abo ...more
Vika Gardner
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sophisticated presentation of the topic. Unfortunately, it is too difficult for first year students, although the presentation here is nicely focused on a religious studies context, with excellent discussions of various kinds of conversion that does not paint a black-and-white picture.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
To be clear, I didn't read it cover to cover, but this is an important history lesson.
Koleksi American Corner UGM
Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri, A History of Islam in America. (United States of America: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Judul : A History of Islam in America

Penulis/Editor : Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri

Ringkasan : Buku ini bercerita tentang awal kedatangan umat Muslim di Amerika pada era New World, jauh sebelum tahun-tahun penjualan buruh Atlantik. Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri menceritakan kilas balik sejarah umat Muslim di Amerika dan perbedaan gelombang imigrasi dan konversinya yang terjadi pada lima benua besar
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
A good, if repetitive book.

GhaneaBassiri begins with the slavocracy - as it is often forgotten that Islam first reached America's shores by way of West African slaves. He conveys the relationship between Islamic beliefs and African Muslims through the nexus of white, protestant supremacy, and examines how the Muslims of the day tended to understand their faith in relationship to their predicament as colored/foreign aliens. The 19th century is conveyed by testimonials of former slaves, many of wh
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A very informative and interesting read that highlights the often overlooked historical legacy of Islam in America and how deeply it is actually ingrained into American history and culture.
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