8-30-2010 - Lecture MW45:30PM ProfessorBazian...

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Lecture, 8/30/2010 MW 4-5:30 PM Professor Bazian  Asian American Studies 128AC: Muslims in America  - looking at communities and institutions  - studying Islam as opposed to studying Muslim o when talking about Islam religion itself legal structures Muslim sects o when talking about Muslims About the people that have Islam as part of their identity Practice religion or not practicing but relation with Islam  What caused them to come to U.S.  Islam converts—why and how did it take place - Ethnic Studies approach to looking at communities o Who are these communities? Their lives, marriages, struggles, children - Communities and institutions  o Assume only one Muslim community There are actually many o Ummah—Arabic for “community” or “nation” o Example: African American Muslims—one community made up of many sub  communities Immigrant Muslims—coming from over 70 different countries, even  regional differences within country  - Communities within communities  o Not homogenous population  o Very diverse with variety of understandings o Various social, economic, class levels o Might share same belief system—quite often assume that they are the same Muslim living in the Tenderloin different from Muslim living in the  Silicon Valley o Individuals within communities might be considered “outsiders” as well - Institutions o Within African American communities, also set up by immigrant communities o Growing interest in Muslims in America o All over the news, everywhere  Interest often negative—already predisposed to certain thinking, influence  of the media - This particular course born out of 9/11
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Lecture, 8/30/2010 MW 4-5:30 PM Professor Bazian  o Community unknown to us Possible intrusion at stake Arrests that were made o Address a community that had not been addressed before  - Where to place? o Ethnic Studies normally: African American Studies, Latino/Chicano studies,  Native American Studies, Asian American Studies - Where do Muslims fit? o In the Middle East? Not studying a group in the Middle East Large number of Muslims not Arab  o In the Near East? Would make Muslim American an outsider community—not  situated in America if placed here o International and Area Studies? Still an outsider community—an international  phenomenon, not locating this group in the U.S.
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