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Lone Star MuslimsTransnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas$
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Ahmed Afzal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479855346

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479855346.001.0001

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“A Dream Come True”

“A Dream Come True”

Shia Ismaili Experiences in Corporate America

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(p.64) 2 “A Dream Come True”
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Lone Star Muslims
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Jon Van Til

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479855346.003.0002

This chapter looks at the narratives of upwardly mobile, highly skilled Shia Ismaili Muslims employed in corporate America, which provide an important context for examining the intersection of transnational Islamic sectarian ideologies with racialized and classed regimes of U.S. labor flows, ideologies of the model minority, the neoliberal capitalist economy, and Pakistani nation building. Since the changes in U.S. immigration laws in 1965, Houston’s energy sector has attracted highly skilled Asian technical experts and professionals, as well as students pursuing higher education in the hard sciences. The collapse of Enron, an energy company based in Houston, in autumn 2001 resulted in massive layoffs, causing unexpected unemployment among Shia Ismaili Muslims. At this moment of crisis, they mobilized transnational Shia Ismaili networks to alleviate the impact of the loss of unemployment and rebuild their careers.

Keywords:   Shia Ismaili Muslims, transnational Shia Ismaili, Islamic sectarian ideologies, U.S. labor flows, Pakistani nation building

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