ERIC Number: ED465008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Muslims in America: Identity, Diversity and the Challenge of Understanding. 2001 Carnegie Challenge.
This paper discusses challenges and opportunities facing Muslims in the United States, where between 5 to 8 million Muslims live (the fastest growing religion in the country). American Muslims face many challenges, and the public has little understanding of the teachings and practice of Islam. Muslims are prone to negative stereotypes, ethnic profiling, and attacks equating Islam with terrorism and radicalism. U.S. Muslims reflect a rich mosaic of ethnic, racial, linguistic, tribal, and national identities. However, despite multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multifaceted differences, they are often portrayed as a homogenous group. Americans must look beyond ethnic stereotypes and gain a greater appreciation of Muslim diversity. Muslims have to define what it means to be an American Muslim in the 21st century, dealing with such issues as cultural isolation and women's rights. Many African Americans have embraced mainstream Islam, though they feel a sense of exclusion from the immigrant Muslim community. As Muslims move from the margins to the mainstream of American society, they encounter "Islamaphobia," often exacerbated by the media. Multi-faith conversations can help overcome stereotypes and build true acceptance. (SM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Ethnic Stereotypes, Interfaith Relations, Islam, Islamic Culture, Muslims, Racial Bias
Carnegie Corporation of New York, 437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Web site: http://www.carnegie.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.