The Practice of Islam in America

Welcome to the website for the book, The Practice of Islam in America: An Introduction. You can buy the book through its publisher, NYU Press, or via Amazon or other retailers. Then, click on a topic in the menu above to explore audiovisual examples of Muslim American religious life and get discussion ideas for your classroom, book club, or community group.

The Practice of Islam in America introduces you to the ways that Islam is lived in the United States. How do Muslims pray? What’s it like to go on pilgrimage to Mecca? What rituals accompany the birth of a child, a wedding, or the death of a loved one? What holidays do Muslims celebrate and what charities do they support? How do they learn about the Qur’an?  This book takes you into homes, religious congregations, schools, workplaces, restaurants–and all the way to Mecca–to understand the diverse religious practices of Muslim Americans. After you are done, you will know what Muslim American religion sounds like, feels like, looks like, even tastes like!

Edited by Edward E. Curtis IV, the book’s contributors include Danielle Widmann Abraham, Muna Ali, Rose Aslan, Rosemary R. Corbett, Maria F. Curtis, Magfirah Dahlan, Juliane Hammer, Marcia Hermansen, Amir Hussain, Michael Muhammad Knight, Hussein Rashid, and Jackleen Salem.