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In this course we will explore the historical contexts and current realities of Muslim communities in the United States. American Muslims come from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures. Questions to consider will include: How have traditional Islamic and Muslim doctrines and practices converged with American ideals of pluralism and secularism? Is there a distinctive “American Islam”? How have Muslim culture and Islam enriched the broader American culture? We will pay particular attention to spaces. What are the geographic landmarks of Muslims in America?