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Sustaining Faith TraditionsRace, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation$
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Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717356

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717356.001.0001

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Islam Is to Catholicism as Teflon Is to Velcro

Islam Is to Catholicism as Teflon Is to Velcro

Religion and Culture among Muslims and Latinas

(p.46) Chapter 3 Islam Is to Catholicism as Teflon Is to Velcro
Sustaining Faith Traditions

R. Stephen Warner

Elise Martel

Rhonda E. Dugan

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the attitudes toward religion and ethnicity among South Asian Muslim women and Latino Catholic women. On the one hand, Muslim women separate religion from culture and identify more strongly and affirmatively with Islam than with their ethnic culture. Latino Catholic Women, on the other hand, see their Catholicism as inextricably connected to their Latino heritage and express a great deal of ambivalence toward Catholicism. However, ethnicity does not naturally fade away for Muslim women. Islam is in fact a way for them to assert their independence from the inherited culture of their parents and from the racialization of the dominant society, whereas Latino Catholic women view religion and ethnicity as inseparable. Nothing goes against Herberg's theory of religious primacy more directly than the persistence of Latino Catholicism.

Keywords:   South Asian Muslim women, Latino Catholic women, religion, culture, Islam, Catholicism, theory of religious primacy, Herberg

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