The Oxford Handbook of American Islam
Fig. 1. The Oxford Handbook of American Islam. Courtesy of Oxford University Press, 2015.

Oxford University Press published a book titled "The Oxford Handbook of American Islam" edited by Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith.

Publication Data

Haddad, Yvonne Y. & Smith, Jane I. (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of American Islam. Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-19-986263-4.


- Provides up to date information on the millennial generation of Muslims in America

Islam has been part of the increasingly complex American religious scene for well over a century, and was brought into more dramatic focus by the attacks of September 11, 2001. American Islam is practiced by a unique blend of immigrants and American-born Muslims. The immigrants have come from all corners of the world; they include rich and poor, well-educated and illiterate, those from upper and lower classes as well as economic and political refugees. The community's diversity has been enhanced by the conversion of African Americans, Latina/os, and others, making it the most heterogeneous Muslim community in the world. 

With an up-to-the-minute analysis by thirty of the top scholars in the field, this handbook covers the growth of Islam in America from the earliest Muslims to set foot on American soil to the current wave of Islamophobia. Topics covered include the development of African American Islam; pre- and post-WWII immigrants; Sunni, Shi'ite, sectarian and Sufi movements in America; the role and status of women, marriage, and family; and the Americanization of Islamic culture. 

Throughout these chapters the contributors explore the meaning of religious identity in the context of race, ethnicity, gender, and politics, both within the American Islamic community and in relation to international Islam.

Table of Contents

Part I: Formation of the Muslim Community in North America
1. The First Stirrings of Islam in America
2. Muslim Immigration to America
3. Imams and Chaplains as American Religious Professionals
4. Islamic Organizations in the United States
5. African American Muslims
6. The Twelver Shi'is in America
7. Sufi Movements in America
8. Muslim Minority Groups in American Islam
Part II: Institutionalization of Islam in North America
9. Practicing Islam in the United States
10. Shari'a and Fiqh in the United States
11. Muslim Women in the United States
12. Marriage in American Muslim Communities
13. Mosques in the United States
14. Developments in Islamic Education in the United States
15. American Muslim Youth Movements
16. Da'wa in the United States
17. Islam in American Prisons
18. Volunteerism among American Immigrant Muslims
Part III: Integration and Assimilation of Muslims
19. Muslim Americans and the Political System
20. The Intellectual Contributions of American Muslim Scholars
21. Muslim-Christian Relations in the United States
22. American Muslims in the Age of New Media
23. Muslim Artists in America
24. American Mosque Architecture
25. Islamic Dress and Fashion in the United States
26. Health and Medicine among American Muslims
27. Muslims in Film and Muslim Filmmaking in the United States
28. American Muslims and Global Islam
29. The War on Terror and Its Effects on American Muslims
30. Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the United States

About the Authors

Yvonne Y. Haddad is Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. She is the past president of the Middle East Studies Association and the American Academy of Religion, New England Region. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Outstanding Achievement and Distinction in Service to the Profession from the Boston University School of Theology (2007) and Scholar of the Year from the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion (2002). Her extensive publications include Not Quite American? and Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History.

Jane I. Smith has taught at Harvard University, Hartford Seminary, and the Iliff School of Theology, where she served as Dean of the Faculty. Her areas of scholarly interest are Islam in America, women in Islam, Islamic theology, comparative religion/theology, and Christian-Muslim relations.

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