chapter  2
15 Pages

Islam in America

ByJANE I. SMITH

Although Muslims have been visible on the American scene for well over a century, it is not until fairly recently that most United States citizens have been much aware of their presence. A unique blend of immigrants, African Americans and other American-born populations, the Muslim community is becoming increasingly heterogenous as it both grows and takes its place as a recognized religion in the American cultural milieu. New Muslim institutions are appearing at a rapid rate, issues of leadership are under constant consideration, new initiatives in Islamic education are being designed, young people are playing important roles as models of faith and practice and both men and women are assuming positions as leaders and interpreters of the faith.