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Mecca and Main Street:
Muslim Life in America After 9/11
Oxford University Press
is America's fastest growing religion, with more than six million Muslims in
the United States, all living in the shadow of 9/11. Who are our Muslim
neighbors? What are their beliefs and desires? How are they coping
with life under the War on Terror?
In Mecca and Main
Street, noted author and journalist Geneive Abdo offers illuminating
answers to these questions. Gaining unprecedented access to Muslim communities
in America, she traveled across the country, visiting schools, mosques,
Islamic centers, radio stations, and homes. She reveals a
tired of being judged by Americans' perceptions of Muslims overseas and eager
to tell their own stories. Abdo brings these stories vividly to life, allowing
us to hear their own voices and inviting us to understand their
hopes and their fears.
younger generation of Muslims in particular is charting a different way of
life. They are following new imams and placing their Muslim identity
before their American one. And unlike their parents, they do not
define themselves by their ethnic background, as Pakistani, Palestinian, or
Instead they see themselves as belonging to a universal faith. Through their
new organizations and websites, they exchange ideas about how to
create a more Islamic lifestyle.
Abdo is the Liaison for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United
Nations. A recognized authority on Islamic political movements and the
author of well-received books on Islam in Egypt and Iran, she is
also a respected journalist. During nearly a decade as a correspondent in the
Islamic world, her work was featured in such publications as The New York
Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Economist, and The
International Herald Tribune. She has been a commentator on numerous news
programs, including the BBC, NPR, CNN and PBS.
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