Islam An American Religion

Written by Nadia Marzouki | Translated by C. Jon Delogu
Columbia University Press
2017 - April
Written by Nadia Marzouki
Translated by C. Jon Delogu
Foreword by Olivier Roy

Islam: An American Religion demonstrates how Islam as formed in the United States has become an American religion in a double sense—first through the strategies of recognition adopted by Muslims and second through the performance of Islam as a faith.

Nadia Marzouki investigates how Islam has become so contentious in American politics. Focusing on the period from 2008 to 2013, she revisits the uproar over the construction of mosques, legal disputes around the prohibition of Islamic law, and the overseas promotion of religious freedom. She argues that public controversies over Islam in the United States primarily reflect the American public's profound divisions and ambivalence toward freedom of speech and the legitimacy of liberal secular democracy.

About the author: Nadia Marzouki is a research fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. She is the coeditor, with Olivier Roy, of Religious Conversions in the Mediterranean World (2013) and, with Duncan McDonnell and Olivier Roy, of Saving the People: How Populist Parties Hijack Religion (2016).

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"Marzouki provides a unique approach to contemporary American political discourse surrounding Islam and documents vital results likely to remain relevant to readers in the United States and Europe for quite some time." -  Denise A. Spellberg, University of Texas at Austin, author of Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders
"The integration of Islam in the United States and France is routinely contrasted as evidence of the power of multiculturalism in the United States. Yet as Marzouki so deftly describes, the United States now faces the same rise in anti-Muslim populism that is so firmly entrenched in France. This book will be of interest not only to those who study Islam in the United States and Europe, but to those who study the integration of ethnic and religious minorities more broadly." -  Christopher Bail, Duke University, author of Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream

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