9-27-10 - Lecture MW45:30PM ProfessorBazian...

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Lecture, 9/27/10 MW 4-5:30PM Professor Bazian  Asian American Studies 128AC: Muslims in America  VIDEO CLIP: Stephen Colbert Congressional Testimony - Contextualizes our discussion of immigration - Inviting immigration to come in  o Provide access to jobs but no protections - Target football for upcoming election - Defense for the powerless o Cannot vote, do not have money to run for positions o Immigrants unable to engage at political level in defense  - Humor as breaking through barriers o Laugh at it and yet continue on o Not taken as a serious commentary - Comedians as spokespeople for society’s ill o Others, especially politicians, unwilling to critique Arab and Muslim Immigration - Immigrant Islam - Islam identified with immigrant communities - Islam present in the US as early as the antebellum period  - Individuals who voluntary move to the US despite pressures or other forces,  acknowledge the fact that they choose the US - First Period of Immigration (1800 to WWI) o Migration taking place o Most settled on the East Coast in New York and New Jersey o Indians to the West, follow the Sikh  o Groups that came to the area Levant—Syria/Palestine/Lebanon Migrate after the Ottoman state experiencing political upheaval  and contestation US recruiting those from the Near East In 1830s, open up missionary schools Area had previously been dominated by French and the British First to come to US were Christian Arabs—highly educated  immigrants o Neighbors were Muslims—Muslims of the Levant would  follow Immigrant literature and writing—of all the great things in the US o Most were not true o Letters comforting those back home—all was fine 
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Lecture, 9/27/10 MW 4-5:30PM Professor Bazian  o Flowery letters—shared among neighbors back home Muslims from Levant would follow and migrate, seeking 
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