This installment in the critically acclaimed Contemporary Debates series uses evidence-based documentation to provide a full and impartial examination of beliefs and claims made about Muslim individuals, families, and communities in the United States.
Muslims in America: Examining the Facts provides an objective overview of the realities and experiences of Muslims in the United States, both historically and in the present day, and of their relationship with their fellow Americans. It surveys the history of American Muslims’ settlement and integration into the United States; explores the dominant social, political, cultural, and economic characteristics of American Muslim families and communities; and studies the ways in which their experiences and beliefs intersect with various notions of American national identity.
In the process, the book critically examines the more dominant social and political narratives and claims surrounding American Muslims and their religion of Islam, including false or malicious claims about their attitudes toward terrorism and other important issues.
Muslims in America: Examining the Facts thus gives readers a clear and accurate understanding of the actual lives, actions, and beliefs of Muslim people in the United States.
“Muslims in America: Examining the Facts is one of the most effective counterpunches to widespread misinformation about Islam and Muslims. It is accessible, timely, and well-researched, and should be a staple text for students, scholars, and those in the general public. If I could recommend one book that counters stereotypes and presents indisputable and enlightening facts about Muslims, Muslims in America: Examining the Facts would be it.” Nathan Lean, author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Far Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims
“A mightily ambitious project – examining a wide range of issues – Considine delivers and does not disappoint. Muslims in America: Examining the Facts is proactive in spirit and provides readers with cogent and clear explanations of the most common myths that drive Islamophobia. Considine tackles complex issues with an incisive pen and an intimate knowledge of Muslim America, and writes beautifully and accessibly, setting him apart as a scholar and rising public intellectual. Considine has emerged as one of the most poignant and potent voices examining Islam and Muslims in America today, and his rise comes during a moment when his work and insight is most needed. This will be a go-to resource for many years to come.” Khaled A. Beydoun, Professor of Law and author of American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear (2018)
“Muslims in America: Examining the Facts packs an information-powered punch that will send Islamophobes staggering. Craig Considine, a Catholic Irish/Italian American, has courageously come to the rescue of this embattled nation. An enlightened voice of reason and moderation in an angry and boisterous mob of misinformed extremists, Considine clearly established that there has never been an America without the presence of Muslims.” Dr. John Andrew Morrow, author of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World
“A wonderful resource to help separate fact from fiction about American Muslims. It is valuable for anyone who wants to learn about the realities of Muslim life in the United States.” Amir Hussain, Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)
This book explores the Pakistani diaspora in a transatlantic context, enquiring into the ways in which young first- and second-generation Pakistani Muslim and non-Muslim men resist hegemonic identity narratives and respond to their marginalised conditions. Drawing on rich documentary, ethnographic and interview material gathered in Boston and Dublin, Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora introduces the term ‘Pakphobia’, a dividing line that is set up to define the places that are safe and to distinguish ‘us’ and ‘them’ in a Pakistani diasporic context. With a multiple case study design, which accounts for the heterogeneity of Pakistani populations, the author explores the language of fear and how this fear has given rise to a ‘politics of fear’ whose aim is to distract and divide communities. A rich, cross-national study of one of the largest minority groups in the US and Western Europe, this book will appeal to sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and geographers with interests in race and ethnicity, migration and diasporic communities.
You can read the first chapter on Google books.
- “Pakistani Muslims are often seen as one of the most controversial ethnic and religious groups on issues of identity and integration. In this well researched and empathetic study of Pakistani diasporas in Ireland and the US, Craig Considine has made a valuable contribution to the literature on Muslims in the West and the language of `us’ and `them’ which continues to inform the political and social narrative of citizenship.” – Dr. Mona Siddiqui, Professor in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Edinburgh
- “Considine unpicks the complex journey of identity through the lens of the Pakistani experience both in the US and Europe. Placing both belief and bigotry in context, challenging both inter and intra community tensions and using the personal accounts of individuals he humanizes the monolithic myth of ‘the Pakistani.’ An important and timely contribution by a committed bridge builder.” – Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, British lawyer, politician and member of the House of Lords
- “Dr. Considine adds another brick to the foundations of inter-racial peace in American and Irish societies. As an immigrant myself who migrated to America from Pakistan as a young child, I have never seen anyone capture the struggles and challenges of Pakistanis trying to find their place in the West more accurately and intimately than Dr. Considine. As a devout Catholic, he delivers upon the teaching of Jesus Christ – ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ – by writing this book.” – Tayyib Rashid, US Marine Corps Veteran, “Muslim Marine”
- Damir Rafi in Rational Religion – “Craig Considine’s “Islam, Race and Pluralism” Provides a Path to Unity“
- Syed Hamad Ali in Gulf News – “Towards the making of a more cohesive society“
- Saadia Faruqi in New York Journal of Books – “Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora (Studies in Migration and Diaspora)“
- Yasmin Khan – “Review of Dr. Craig Considine’s ‘Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora’“
- Awais Ahmad in Rabwah Times – “Review: Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora“
- Amy McCaig in Rice University News and Media – “Young Pakistani men live in no-man’s land, according to Rice sociologist“
- David Ruth and Amy McCaig in Rice University News and Media – “Second-generation Pakistani-Irish individuals face identity challenges“
- Tayyib Rashid – “Muslim Marine Reviews: Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora“
- The Islamic Monthly – “Islam, Race and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora“
- Huff Post – “New Book Explores the Pakistani Diaspora in Boston and Dublin“
- New Age Islam – “Islam, Race and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora“
- The Maydan – “Pakistani Muslims and Irish Identity: Belonging and Fluidity in a Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland“
- Sociology – “Young Pakistani Men and Irish Identity: Religion, Race and Ethnicity in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland“
- Diaspora Studies – “What does it mean to be ‘Irish’? Perceptions of Irish identity among young Pakistani men“