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Latino and Muslim in AmericaRace, Religion, and the Making of a New Minority$
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Harold D. Morales

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190852603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190852603.001.0001

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The Experience and Mediation of Race-Religion

(p.1) Introduction
Latino and Muslim in America

Harold D. Morales

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter provides an ethnographic vignette regarding a young woman’s embrace of Islam with the help of the Los Angeles Latino Muslim Association. This account introduces several issues and questions around race, religion, and the mediation of lived experiences. Additionally, the chapter provides a demographic sketch of Latino Muslims in comparison to broader U.S. population groups. Highlights from this sketch include estimates that put the total national Latino Muslim population at less than 200,000; 62 percent were born in the United States; 31 percent trace their ancestry to Mexico and 22 percent to Puerto Rico; and 19 percent reside in California, 15 percent in Texas, 12 percent in New York, and 11 percent in New Jersey. The chapter also provides an overview of the methods used in the study and an outline of the book’s chapters.

Keywords:   demographic sketch, ethnographic account, lived experience, religious studies, critical race studies, media studies, Latino Muslim

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