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Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue$
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Jane I. Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307313.001.0001

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A Truly American Religion?

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Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue

Jane Idleman Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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American Muslims comprise the most diverse Islamic community that has ever existed. They are immigrants and American born, with more than 30 percent of their population African Americans. Most are Sunni, though Shi̒ites have increased to about 20 percent. Some American Muslims hope to keep alive in their religious practices customs from their country of origin, while others are looking for ways to formulate an American Islam that is at home in the West. Most American Muslims are orthodox in belief and practice, although America fosters a wide range of heterodox movements that often claim to be Muslim. This chapter asks who American Muslims are, what are their major issues and concerns, and in what ways have they been involved in Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Keywords:   Sunni, Shi̒ite, ummah, immigration, Nation of Islam, Warith Deen Mohammed, mosque, prejudice, Muslim women, conversion

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