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Identity Politics: United States
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In the United States Muslims face a constant challenge to assert their identities as Muslim, but also have a legitimate stake in being “American.” This is due to the widespread racism, prejudice and negative stereotypes of Islam as a backward and violent religion, oppressive of women. Mainstream society suspects an American cannot also be a Muslim.

Research into Muslim women's identity in the United States is still in its infancy, with many studies focusing only on the issue of ḥijāb , rather than on broader questions of identity (Read and Bartkowski 1999, Alvi, Hoodfar, an…

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Bullock, Katherine, “Identity Politics: United States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0092e>
First published online: 2009

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