Being Young, Muslim, and American in Brooklyn
This chapter investigates what is like to be young, Muslim, and male in Brooklyn, New York. Muslim youth in the United States, particularly Arab American men, who have come of age after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, make up a generation with distinct characteristics. Many of today’s young Muslim men see themselves as part of the Islamic revival and substantially more pious than their parents’ generation, which was largely made up of immigrants to the nation. Moreover, they often separate themselves spatially and socially from wider society, achieving a kind of group solidarity with other young Muslim males. From this group sensibility, they then reintegrate collectively into larger society, but often with the express purpose of propagating the faith.
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