Without Forgetting the Imam

Without Forgetting the Imam

Lebanese Shiʻism in An American Community

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Without Forgetting the Imam is an ethnographic study of the religious life of the Lebanese Shi'ites of Dearborn, Michigan, the largest Muslim community outside of the Middle East. Based on four years of fieldwork, this book explores how the Lebanese who have emigrated, most in the past three decades, to the United States, have adapted to their new surroundings. Anthropologist Linda Walbridge delves into the ways in which politics and religion have converged as the Lebanese Shi'i community has remade its identity and accommodated itself to a new environment. She captures a broad picture of religious life within the realm of community living and within the mosques which have proliferated in Dearborn. Walbridge explains how Shi'ites, affected in one way or another by Islamic revivalism, have brought different notions of how their religion should be expressed and carried out in America.

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An ethnographic study of the religious life of the Lebanese Shi'i community in Dearborn, Michigan, the largest such community outside of the Middle East. Explores how the members, most of whom have come to the US since the civil war in the middle 1970s, have adapted to their surroundings. Compares the community to those of Catholic immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes a glossary but no guide to pronouncing the transliterated words. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Without Forgetting the Imam is an ethnographic study of the religious life of the Lebanese Shi'ites of Dearborn, Michigan, the largest Muslim community outside of the Middle East. Based on four years of fieldwork, this book explores how the Lebanese who have emigrated, most in the past three decades, to the United States, have adapted to their new surroundings.
Anthropologist Linda Walbridge delves into the ways in which politics and religion have converged as the Lebanese Shi'i community has remade its identity and accommodated itself to a new environment. She captures a broad picture of religious life within the realm of community living and within the mosques which have proliferated in Dearborn. Walbridge explains how Shi'ites, affected in one way or another by Islamic revivalism, have brought different notions of how their religion should be expressed and carried out in America. These differences are reflected in mosque rituals, social functions, sermons, and educational activities. She also explores how contemporary Middle Eastern politics and the religious leadership in Iran and Iraq influence the functioning of the mosques.

Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, ©1997. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2013)
ISBN: 9780814338346
0814338348
0814338348
9780814326756
Characteristics: 1 online resource (242 pages, [8] pages of plates :) : illustrations

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