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Muslim American CityGender and Religion in Metro Detroit$
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Alisa Perkins

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479828012

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479828012.001.0001

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Urban Religion and Secular Constraints

(p.219) Conclusion
Muslim American City

Alisa Perkins

NYU Press

The book’s conclusion reviews the volume’s central claim: that social and material expressions of religious identity work synergistically in processes of Muslim-American integration, challenging the boundaries around pluralistic inclusion in both verbal and nonverbal ways. In Hamtramck, peoples’ responses to religious and cultural difference arose from both cognitive and sensory modes of evaluation and were influenced by pluralism. Since pluralism itself is part of the dominant liberal secular paradigm for organizing difference, reference to this ideology both bridged boundaries and perpetuated uneven encounters between dominant and marginal groups. By engaging in social and material boundary work in which Muslims and non-Muslims expressed moral compatibility or distinction across lines of difference, some residents expanded the boundaries of belonging in the city. These processes reveal unique aspects of how religious diversity is experienced, and how the category of religion itself is constructed—and also may be expanded—as a unifying phenomenon in the urban United States today.

Keywords:   religious identity, Muslim American integration, pluralism, secular, religious diversity, urban United States

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