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Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem

Zain Abdullah


A recent influx of one hundred thousand West African immigrants is creating an enclave that Harlem residents now cal, Little Africa. Because most Americans view Islam as an Arab religion, many disregard the Muslim identity of these Black immigrants. Black Mecca, however, begins not here but with an African desire to attain the American dream. Arrival is met with a host of challenges, including the meaning of Black identity and notions of belonging. Since most of these immigrants come from Francophone countries, the difficulty they face in an English-speaking world is much more than they antici ... More

Keywords: African Muslims, American dream, Black identity, American English, sacred city, jihad, work, family, hope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195314250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zain Abdullah, author
Temple University
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