There is not much information on when Muslims first arrived in America, but there has been evidence that some of the slaves were Muslim, but didn’t have the ability to practice their religion freely, they also tried to accommodate their faith with Christianity, but others were converted. It was about twenty percent of the slaves in the US were Muslim. One of the first known Muslims in the United States, was a slave from Morocco, named Estevanico, who was shipwrecked with Spanish Explorers near the where the city Galveston, Texas is. After that there weren’t many Muslims coming into the United States until the twentieth century. This is shown by the evidence that one of the first mosques was built in North Dakota in 1929, and while the mosque was demolished a Muslim cemetery still stands near the spot of that mosque. Islam started in the 7th century with a prophet named Muhammad. It is an Abrahamic religion, like Judaism and Christianity, but Muslims believe that Islam is a step further than the other two religions.
According to a Gallup Poll from 2008, out of the 319751 respondents only 946 identified as Muslim, which is around .29 percent of the respondents. In the Gallup report, they also mention that 35% of Muslim-Americans are African American, 18% are Asian, it is not broken down into whether it is South Asian or East Asian, and 18% is other.
Pew states that in 2014 28% are Black, 28% Asian, and 3% Other, out of a sample size of 232. Also in the Gallup
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In the lecture “What It’s like to Be Muslim in America” by Dalia Mogahed, Dalia emphasizes how “Muslims are like canaries in the coal mine, we might be the first to feel it, but the toxic air of fear is harming us all” (Mogahed). This xenophobic behavior is what strives citizens to fear one another and find an excuse to polarize a certain ethnicity for their alleged affiliations with terrorist groups. This overwhelming fear causes the initial hatred towards some people but it ultimately ricochets onto the rest of society. Next, the abundant amount of fear proves to be detrimental to society due to the fact that it provokes disastrous behavior between citizens. According to Dalia, “ISIS has as much to do with Islam as the Ku Klux Klan has to
The role of the Middle East has been very crucial to the United States, especially after WWII. The U.S. had three strategic goals in the Middle East and consistently followed them throughout various events that unfolded in the region. First, with the emergence of the cold war between the Soviet Union and the U.S., policymakers began to recognize the importance of the Middle East as a strategic area in containing Soviet influence. This also coincides with the U.S. becoming increasingly wary of Arab nationalism and the threat it posed to U.S. influence. Secondly, the emergence of the new Israeli state in 1948 further deepened U.S. policy and involvement in the region while also creating friction between the U.S. and Arab states which were
. At present blacks are about 12% of the U.S. population, Hispanics 13% and Native Americans 2%. If present trends continue, for example, minorities like blacks, Hispanics and Asians will be the majority of the population in the
There are many misconceptions regarding Islam and Muslims. In reality most Muslims are non-Arabs and most live outside the Middle East. There are five million Muslims in the United States. There are an estimated 10,000-15,000 Muslims in the area.
Islam originated in present day Saudi Arabia where the prophet, Muhammad, had been born. Islam would later be able to spread quickly through trade, the appealing nature of the Islamic faith, and military campaigns.
Hispanic origin is next with 2,336,076 or 28.6 percent, and black/African American non-Hispanic only constituting 22.8 percent or 1,861,295. Asian non-Hispanic had 12.6 percent of the population or 1,028,119 persons, non-Hispanic of two or more races 1.8 percent or 148,676 persons, and some other race non-Hispanic 1.0 percent or 78,063.
In the 1990s, there were more than 7 million Asian Americans in the United States of America. Bureau of the Census has published that there is a total of 3,726,400 Asians, which includes Pacific Isalnders, which is represented to about 1.6 percent of the population. Chinses Americans were the first Asian to be migrated in the United States.
"Who are you?"(Eggers 206) were the first words that Abdulrahman Zeitoun heard from the police officers that had surrounded him and his friends with their guns drawn as he walked out of 5010 Claiborne that he owned. He had been stopping by the house to use the telephone once a day to call his wife Kathy, who was in Arizona with their four children to escape Hurricane Katrina, a catagory 5 hurricane that had hit New Orleans, the city they lived in. Abdulrahman Zeitoun had stayed home to protect his many properties that he and his family had required in the sixteen years since he had moved to the city. He was a general contractor and owner of Zeitoun Painting Contractors, LLC. He also owned several rental houses around the city and had
The themes that I thought connect to the texts and videos we have expanded on in class are Identity and Boundaries (barriers). In this essay I will group the readings and videos and explore the theme in each and relate it back to Identity and Boundaries. Then how we can perhaps use related topics to illustrate my point.
I attended Dr. Mark Hausfeld’s presentation at Wilson Institute on 9/30/16. The topic of his lecture was, “Islam in America: Understanding and engaging diaspora Muslims through the local church”. The lecture was based upon his mission work, he served as the second J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions, in 2007-2008. Currently, Dr. Mark Hausfeld, D. Min. is the President of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO. He has been engaged in the ministries of both in the United States and abroad for the last 30 years. Dr. Mark and his wife Lynda has worked with Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan from 1995 to 2001. His mission was to evangelize
9/11 or the attack on the world trade center is often thought have relations with Islam. The mainstream media often portrays Muslims as all extremist and radicalizers. “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers.” (Quran 3:15) This is an excerpt from the Quran which can be found in numerous subway stations that are sponsored by the American Defense Initiative. Sponsoring and selectively choosing quotes creates the illusion that Islam is an inherently violent religion. Every Abrahamic religion has a book, often those books are taken out of context and used to support gruesome ideologies. “…Because God liked Abel 's animal sacrifice more than Cain 's vegetables, Cain kills his brother Abel in a fit of religious jealousy.”(Old Testament 4:8) The word Islam derives from the root (سلام) Salaam which translates to peace. Although Islam’s literal meaning translates to peace it is the most hated religion in the United States. Supposedly ruled by egomaniac pedophiles, Islam is thought to be a religion ruled by fear and extreme punishments stuck in its old times. Sadly, more often than not, people who believe these such things about participants in the Islamic culture commit hate crimes against the universal group. I hope to reoriented you from these objective ideas about Muslims and Islamophobia. (Boigon)
In the preface and introduction of “Islam and America Building a Future without Prejudice”, author Anouar Majid discusses the history of conflicts and prejudices between America and Islam. In the preface, he says that he concludes his book by “calling for a critical reexamination of religion to open new paths for dialogue and rapprochement” (Majid, x). He goes on to argue that, “Only by demystifying our strongly held beliefs and prejudices can we see more clearly our common humanity and de-escalate the tensions that have torn us apart for so long” (Majid, x). He says that one would assume that this would be common sense to Westerners, but most tend to only pay attention to the extremists who commit awful crimes in the name of Islam, and Westerners
With 1.5 billion followers worldwide, the religion of Islam is the second most popular religion over the entire globe, and follows a strict set of rules derived from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, a messenger of God, or Allah. Founded in 622 C.E. (also known as A.D.) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Islam is a strictly monotheistic religion that drew inspiration from earlier religions like Christianity and Judaism. It is divided into three different sections- the Sunni, Shi’a and Sufi sects. The Qur’an is the holy book of Islam, and is considered the unaltered word of Allah. All followers of Islam adhere to many high standards of living and daily practices meant to better their lives like The Twelve Imams, among others. Islam brings
Visiting a mosque for the first time for any non-Muslim can be quite a daunting and intimidating experience if one doesn’t know exactly what to expect. A mosque is the place of prayer for Muslims within the Islamic faith. It is a house of prayer, one very much like that of churches and cathedrals for Christians, Synagogues for Jews, and temples for Hindus and Buddhists, but with its own distinct rules, rituals, and services. Mosques are not only the center of religious prayer amongst Muslims, but rather also serve as the center of any Muslim community and society in the area. Muslims, however, don’t always have to pray in mosques, other than Friday, the Muslim holy day of the week, much like Sunday in Christianity. The reason why Friday
Islamism is a captivating phenomenon that has been continuously visited in literature since its emergence in the 1970's. In particular, the Iranian Revolution has received curious attention in the pursuit to understand the nature, power and effects of Islamism. This essay makes a critical assessment of the opinions journalist Afshin Molavi's draws on Iran and Islamism in his journal styled compilation Persian Pilgrimages: Journeys across Iran, `Pilgrimage: The Shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini' . The discussion will explore Molavi's ideas against the historical narrative of David Reynolds' One World Divisible: A Global History Since 1945 and the opinionated informative piece Islamic Fundamentalism, `The Transcendence of Islam' by Youssef M