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Being Young and MuslimNew Cultural Politics in the Global South and North$
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Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369212.001.0001

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Being Young, Muslim, and American in Brooklyn

Being Young, Muslim, and American in Brooklyn

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Being Young and Muslim

Moustafa Bayoumi

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates what is like to be young, Muslim, and male in Brooklyn, New York. Muslim youth in the United States, particularly Arab American men, who have come of age after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, make up a generation with distinct characteristics. Many of today’s young Muslim men see themselves as part of the Islamic revival and substantially more pious than their parents’ generation, which was largely made up of immigrants to the nation. Moreover, they often separate themselves spatially and socially from wider society, achieving a kind of group solidarity with other young Muslim males. From this group sensibility, they then reintegrate collectively into larger society, but often with the express purpose of propagating the faith.

Keywords:   Islam in the United States, September 11, Brooklyn, Arab-American men, Islamic revival

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