Young Muslim America Faith, Community, and Belonging By Muna Ali (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. 360 pages.)

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Hussein Rashid



Muna Ali’s Young Muslim America is a multi-layered, multi-disciplinary work that delivers a snapshot of American Muslim life, grounded in history and theory. She begins by saying she is looking at individual narratives embedded in a larger narrative “about being and belonging, about identity politics in a globalizing world where grand narratives of national and civilizational histories, secularism, and global wars are summoned” (4). The idea of “narrative” is repeated because it signals a primary methodological approach of the book, where narratives are seen as full of information used to navigate social realities (5).

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