Category: Misc

From Mexico to Mecca – How a Latino immigrant reinvented himself in America as a Muslim

By Ana CampoySan Francisco ChronicleSunday, January 5, 2003 When the doorbell rings, Daniel Denton rises from the couch. “Ah, Martin!” he says, opening the door a crack. “Babe, Martin is here,” he shouts to his wife, who rushes to get her veil and fits it around her face tightly, so none of her wiry black […]

Latino Muslims in the United States: An Introduction

By Abbas BarzegarThe Gottfried and Martha Lang Student Prize PaperThe High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology (HPSfAA)Fall 2003, No. 2 Vol. 23, pp 126 – 129. Introduction In recent years discussion of the role of Islam in American society as portrayed in mainstream discourse has been mostly associated with the “war on terrorism;” As such, […]

Latino Muslims a Growing Presence in America

By Lisa Viscidi Washington Report on Middle East AffairsJune 2003. Vol. XXII, No. 56, 58, 59 On January 21, 2003, the United States census bureau officially named the nation’s 37 million Latinos the largest minority population in the country-outnumbering African Americans by 0.3 percent. This demographic shift, coupled with Islam’s status as one of […]

Islam in Arkansas

By David KoonThe Arkansas TimesDecember 19, 2003 Muslims talk about the ups and downs of life in our state since 9/11. Most say it’s been a road paved with compassion and love. It’s a November morning, soon after a frosty Arkansas sunrise, and 10,000 miles from Mecca a long line of cars is snaking across […]

The Spiritual Journey of Chiapas’ Tzotzil Maya to Islam

IslamOnline SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS (Nov. 4 2003)–Inside the dusty compound behind the forbidding, no-nonsense walls of the Sheik Hamden bin Rashid al Makoum mosque and madrassa (Islamic training center), the faithful are summoned to prayer five times a day. Like good Muslims everywhere on earth, these Tzotzil Indian converts to Islam who live […]

Muslims In America Prior To Columbus

By Amir Nashid Ali MuhammadIslamWeb.netNovember 22, 2002 History shows that Muslims came to the Americas in four different waves, the first as explorers, then those fleeing the Spanish inquisition, during the Barbary Coast Wars and the enslavement of Africans, and by immigration starting in the mid-to-late 1870s. Historical Points (1312 – 1684) In 1312, African […]

Valley Muslims find Sept. 11 offers opportunity for understanding

By Allen EssexValley Morning StarSeptember 10, 2002 In the wake of Sept. 11, many Rio Grande Valley Muslims worried that they would become targets of hatred and reprisals because the accused hijackers in the attacks were reported to share their faith. Except for a handful of isolated incidents, that backlash never materialized in South Texas. […]

City of Diversity: Muslim New Yorkers Take a Place in Society

By Dilshad D. AliIslam-Online.netNovember 2, 2002 New York City enjoys numerous monikers, one of the best being “City of Diversity”. Adding to the diversity, Muslim contributions to the city’s distinct social, cultural and political lives are now growing more than ever, as highlighted by a diverse panel discussion in late January at the American Museum […]

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