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Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism$
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Thomas Banchoff

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307221.001.0001

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 America's Muslims

 America's Muslims

Issues of Identity, Religious Diversity, and Pluralism

(p.133) 7 America's Muslims
Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism

John L. Esposito

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the issues faced by Muslims in the United States. The American Muslim experience, like that of Christians and Jews before them, reflects struggles of faith and identity (integration versus assimilation), political participation, institution building, and acculturation. American Muslims have faced the challenge of constructing an American identity that incorporates faith and values within America's melting pot or, more recently, its multicultural society.

Keywords:   American Muslims, Islam, United States, religion, ethnic minorities, pluralism, identity

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