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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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“It’s Allah’s Will”

“It’s Allah’s Will”

The Transnational Muslim Heritage Economy

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Lone Star Muslims

Ahmed Afzal

NYU Press

This chapter examines the intersections of transnational Islam with the neoliberal capitalist economy through an ethnographic analysis of the transformations in the South Asian ethnic economy, from its inception and development as a center of South Asian commerce in the 1980s to its twenty-first-century avatar as production and consumption nodes in the “transnational Muslim heritage economy.” The narratives and the everyday lives of Pakistani ethnic entrepreneurs who own and manage the businesses, and the working class and the working poor who provide much of the labor for these businesses, provide an important case study of the classed heterogeneity of the Pakistani Muslim community in Houston. Moreover, these narratives demonstrate the experience of marginality within ethnic spaces of commerce as well as within the larger American society.

Keywords:   transnational Islam, neoliberal capitalist economy, South Asian ethnic economy, Pakistani ethnic entrepreneurs, Pakistani Muslim community

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