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What Is an American Muslim?Embracing Faith and Citizenship$
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Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895694

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895694.001.0001

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Religious Self-Determination for American Muslims

Religious Self-Determination for American Muslims

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What Is an American Muslim?

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na‘im

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the issue of religious self-determination for American Muslims who want to embrace their American citizenship. It suggests that American Muslims should explore strategies to pursue their priorities on their own terms through so-called religious self-determination. It explains that religious self-determination means both the individual experience and the collective expression of a foundational freedom, subject to the equal rights of other citizens. This article also discusses the three main factors that influence the options now available to Muslims in public and political life and calls on American Muslims to take a proactive and affirmative view of their American citizenship.

Keywords:   religious self-determination, American Muslims, American citizenship, foundational freedom, public life, political life, individual experience, collective experience

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