1st Edition

Growing Up Muslim in Europe and the United States

Edited By Medhi Bozorgmehr, Philip Kasinitz Copyright 2018
    250 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This volume brings together scholarship from two different, and until now, largely separate literatures—the study of the children of immigrants and the study of Muslim minority communities—in order to explore the changing nature of ethnic identity, religious practice, and citizenship in the contemporary western world. With attention to the similarities and differences between the European and American experiences of growing up Muslim, the contributing authors ask what it means for young people to be both Muslim and American or European, how they reconcile these, at times, conflicting identities, how they reconcile the religious and gendered cultural norms of their immigrant families with the more liberal ideals of the western societies that they live in, and how they deal with these issues through mobilization and political incorporation.

    A transatlantic research effort that brings together work from the tradition in diaspora studies with research on the second generation, to examine social, cultural, and political dimensions of the second-generation Muslim experience in Europe and the United States, this book will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in migration, diaspora, race and ethnicity, religion and integration.

    Series Editor’s Preface

    Introduction: Second-Generation Muslims in Europe and the United States (Mehdi Bozorgmehr and Philip Kasinitz)

    Part I: Comparing Contexts

    1. Being Muslim in the United States and Western Europe: Why is it Different? (Nancy Foner and Richard Alba)

    2. Resilient Islam meets a Resistant Mainstream: Persistent "Barriers" in Public Attitudes over Religious Rights for Muslims in European Countries (Paul Statham)

    3. Religious Identities and Civic Integration: Second-Generation Muslims in European Cities (Karen Phalet, Fenella Fleischmann and Marc Swyngedouw)

    4. The Integration Paradox: Second-Generation Muslims in the United States (Mehdi Bozorgmehr and Eric Ketcham)

    Part II: Inclusion and Belonging

    5. The Politics of Inclusion: American Muslims and the Price of Citizenship (Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad)

    6. The Politics of Belonging: Religiosity and Identification among Second-Generation Moroccan Dutch (Marieke Slootman and Jan Willem Duyvendak)

    Part III: Education and Integration

    7. Muslim Integration in the United States and England: The Role of the Islamic Schools (Jen'nan Ghazal Read and Serena Hussain)

    8. Transnational Schooling among Children of Immigrants in Norway: The Significance of Islam (Liza Reisel, Anja Bredal and Hilde Lidén)

    Part IV: Reconstructed and Misconstructed Identities

    9. Second-Generation Muslim American Advocates and Strategic Racial Identity (Erik Love)

    10. Second-Generation Muslims and the Making of British Shi’ism (Kathryn Spellman Poots)

    11. Imagining the "Muslim Terrorist": Media Narratives of the Boston Marathon Bombers (Nazli Kibria, Saher Selod and Tobias Henry Watson)

    List of Contributors



    Mehdi Bozorgmehr is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and City College, CUNY. He was the founding Co-Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at the CUNY Graduate Center and is one of the pioneers of scholarly work on Middle Eastern Americans. He is the co-author of Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond and the co-editor of Ethnic Los Angeles, which won the best book award of the International Migration section of the American Sociological Association.

    Philip Kasinitz is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race and co-author of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, which received the 2010 Distinguished Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. He is editor or co-editor of numerous collections including Global Cities Local Streets, The Urban Ethnography Reader and Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of The New Second Generations, and a former President of the Eastern Sociological Society.