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Religion and the New ImmigrantsSocial Capital, Identity, and Civic Engagement$
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Michael W. Foley and Dean R. Hoge

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188707.001.0001

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Religion and the New Immigrants

Michael W. Foley

Dean R. Hoge

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   identity, ethnic identity, religious identity, Islam, political action, civic engagement

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