Who We Are
Who We Are
Immigrant worship communities help forge a sense of identity among participants, but that identity may be religious or ethnic, both at once, or a combination of the two. Most immigrants develop multiple identities. At the same time, worship communities sometimes struggle over the particular identity they represent, as when African or Hindu groups divide into ethnically differentiated worship communities. In the case of many area mosques, an overarching religious identity brings together immigrants from a variety of national and ethnic backgrounds, and even religious traditions within Islam. Leaders often call upon either ethnic or religious identities in mobilizing members of their communities for political action.
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