Being Muslim in America
THE SOURCE: “The Muslim-American Muddle” by Peter Skerry, in National Affairs, Fall 2011.
More than a decade after 9/11, U.S. Muslims are struggling to forge a distinctively Muslim-American identity. One of their challenges, argues political scientist Peter Skerry of Boston College, is a “muddled” sense of loyalty to the United States.
Such confusion is common in the history of American immigrant groups. What’s distinctive about the case of Muslim Americans is the “lingering influence of Islamist leaders, institutions, and ideology” on the organizations that claim to represent them.
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