Since 9–11, Muslims across the nation have faced numerous new challenges and opportunities as they continue to define their community in America. One ...
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Muslims have had a long and steady history in America. Muslim immigrants have come to America with the same dreams and aspirations as the millions of others who have uprooted themselves to create a new home inside America's borders.
While Muslims have been a part of the population of the Western Hemisphere since before the founding of the United States, significant Muslim migration to the U.S can be traced back to the late 19th century. The first wave of these immigrants came from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. In addition, Muslims from Yugoslavia, Albania, the Ukraine, and Central Asia came to America, founding small ethnic communities located mostly on the east coast. Contributing to the heterogeneous nature of Muslim settlement were Tatar Muslims from Tsarist Russia and a small number of Indian Muslims. In the early 20th century, although the total Muslim population was small, formally organized communities began to emerge in Michigan, Iowa, Maine, Connecticut, and New York.
After the Second World War there was a slight increase in immigration of non-Arab Muslims, mostly from Turkey, the Indian subcontinent, and Eastern Europe. The creation of Israel in 1948 in the land of Palestine and the subsequent displacement of Arab populations in the region also triggered a steady flow of Palestinian refugees that continues today. In the last fifty years, the increase in native-born American Muslims, as well as an increase in the number of converts to Islam has elevated the U.S. Muslim population to an estimated 6 to 7 million. Islam has become part of the diverse fabric of the United States, with Muslims playing a productive role in society as neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, schoolmates, and friends.
- In what ways were the events of 9/11 a turning point forMuslims in America? What are some of the post-9/11challenges that American Muslims face?
- Why is it important for Muslims in America to teach others about their faith?
- What are some ways you can think of to bring the Muslim andnon- Muslim communities together and encourage cooperation and dialogue?
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