The United States, India, Pakistan And The Soviet Union

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Dating back as early as the 14th century, Muslims have been a part of American society. However, it was not until the 19th and 20th centuries that several Muslim migrations occurred and brought individuals from various parts of the world, to include the Middle East, Europe, India, Pakistan and the Soviet Union (Haque, 2004), to the United States. This very diverse migrant demographic created a unique American Muslim population that is composed of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Such diversity within a population can be problematic, especially in the scope of providing relevant and culturally sensitive assistance in the field of Human Services, but because a Muslim’s core values typically center on religion/spirituality, community and family, generalizations can be made that offer insight to the population as a whole. This, in turn, allows for case management services to create safe and culturally sensitive environments for American Muslims to utilize.
Cultural Overview
Demographics
In the United States (U.S.) the Muslim population is estimated to be 2.35 million, with 65% of adult Muslims being foreign-born (Pew Research Center, 2007). “Among native-born Muslims, roughly half are African American (20% of U.S. Muslims overall), many of whom are converts to Islam” (Pew Research Center, 2007). Muslim Americans can be found residing in all parts of the U.S., but communities tend to develop in large urban areas. “The 10 states with the largest Muslim…

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