Islam in America

Exploring the Issues

by Craig Considine


Muhammad promoted democratic and human rights including freedom of religion and racial equality 1,100 years before the creation of the U.S. Constitution.

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October 2019


Pages 219
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Religion/Society
  Current Events and Issues/Society

A valuable resource for readers interested in the role of Islam in contemporary U. S. politics and society, this first-of-its kind reference synthesizes Islamic teachings, the example of Prophet Muhammad, and the vision of the Founding Fathers.

Islam is the most misunderstood and misrepresented religious tradition in the United States, depicted as an oppressive and violent political system and its followers as backward and "un-American." The stereotypes about Islam and Muslims in the U.S. calls for a new sociological understanding that confronts the menacing bigotry and racism rising in the U.S. today.

Through an overview essay, chronology, and roughly 50 alphabetically arranged entries, this reference explores the intersection of Islam, Muslims, and American national identity. The primary focus is contemporary issues and developments relating to Islam in the U.S., but the entries also incorporate a fuller picture of Islam in general and Muslims worldwide. Included are entries on history, race and ethnicity, interfaith commonalities, politics, discrimination and hate, and national identity. The entries cite works for further reading, and the book closes with an annotated bibliography of the most important resources.


  • Summarizes the role of Islam in contemporary U.S. politics and society via overview essays
  • Uses a chronology to identify the most important events related to Islam in the U.S.
  • Includes roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries for key topics related to Islam in American religion and politics
  • Features bibliographies and an end-of-work annotated bibliography to direct the reader to additional sources of information
Series Description

Religion in Politics and Society Today

Religion has long played an influential role in shaping our world. Each book in this series examines how religion informs a particularly critical social or political concern, such as antisemitism, education, environmental issues, Islam in America, and war. Through an overview essay, chronology, and roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries, the volumes provide concise, objective coverage of the essential elements of the topic discussed. An annotated bibliography closes each book and directs the reader to some of the most important sources of additional information.
Author Info

Craig Considine is a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at Rice University. He is author of many books including Muslims in America: Examining the Facts, Muhammad Nabi Cinta (Muhammad the Prophet of Love) , and Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora. His peer-reviewed journal articles are published in Sociology, Religions, and Diaspora Studies, and his research has been discussed by The New York Times, Gulf News, CNN, the Toronto Star, International Business Times, The Independent and the Huffington Post, among others. Dr. Considine holds a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin.

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