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Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past

Sally Howell


Detroit, Michigan, is home to several of the nation’s oldest, most diverse Muslim communities. In the early 1900s, thousands of Muslims from Eastern Europe, the Ottoman Empire, and British India built the nation’s first mosque in Detroit. By the 1930s, new Islam-oriented social movements, like the Nation of Islam, were taking root among African Americans. By the 1950s, Albanians, Arabs, African Americans, and South Asians all had mosques and religious associations in the city, and they were confident that Islam could be, and had already become, an American religion. This book explores the rise ... More

Keywords: Muslim American, Detroit, Nation of Islam, Americanization, American mosques

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199372003
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Howell, author
University of Michigan-Dearborn