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This timely and stimulating Handbook, edited by world-class experts in the field, provides a comprehensive guide to Islamic Studies today. It examines the main issues in the field and explores the key debates. It provides readers with an indispensable, balanced guide to the roots of Islam and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.
Chapter 13: Islam in the West
Islam in the West
In the 1960s, when I was training to be an Islamicist at the University of Chicago, something quite extraordinary was happening not far from campus. Elijah Muhammad was preaching to massive numbers of African-Americans. He called his followers Black Muslims. Strangely, not much was said about this in the University, but, as it turned out, much should have. Because this new form of Islam was destined to have a profound effect on American religion and to signal a much wider encounter with Islam within all Western countries. Today, when we study Islam, we would not ignore American Muslims. They are much too important for our understanding of world affairs; they are crucial in any evaluation in a field ...