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Islam in America

The beginnings

Authored by: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415691321
eBook ISBN: 9781315794273
Adobe ISBN: 9781317744023


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On a recent research trip to an East Coast mosque, a mosque employee who was interested in my research asked me, “Where do you begin your history of Islam in America?” I have been a professional student of religion long enough to know that when people casually ask me a question about my work they are not so much interested in my expert opinion as they are politely looking for an opening to share their own thoughts and convictions.

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