American Muslims: Vanguard of an active citizenry?

The 2016 presidential election has galvanized the Muslim community in the United states as perhaps never before. Voter registration campaigns and then get the vote out efforts became as common an activity of community centers and mosques as education programs. Yet, the stigma of mosques as centers of isolation or refuge from the society at large continues to prevail. Dr. Mario Peucker has examined such a question in  the context of Eurpoean and Australian Muslims. You can read Dr. Puecker’s analysis below and ask yourself: How much of the American Muslim community do you see or not see in that analysis?

Please post a comment and share your thoughts. Thank you.

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Muslim community organizations – sites of active citizenship or self-segregation?

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1247975

Abstract
Ethno-religious community organizations in Western countries have often been described as being disconnected from mainstream society, and Muslim community groups have been a special focus of such critique. This article offers a counter-narrative to these widespread allegations. It draws on a synthesis of emerging research on the citizenship-enhancing effects of mosque involvement and on an explorative study involving thirty in-depth interviews with civically active Muslims in Australia and Germany. The article examines the potential of Muslim community organizations to mobilize their member into performing their citizenship through civic and political participation. It offers empirical evidence that many Muslim community organizations, rather than promoting social segregation, act as accessible entry point for Muslims’ civic participation, facilitate cross-community engagement and provide gateways to political involvement. These civic potentials of Muslim community organization have remained underestimated in the public and political discourse on cohesive societies and healthy democracies.

Kind wishes
Mario

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Dr Mario Peucker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Victoria University, Melbourne

Latest publication:

Muslim Citizenship in Liberal Democracies. Civic and Political Participation in the West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) 

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1247975

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Seniors Group at ADAMS Issues a Newsletter

ROSE Club (ROSE stands for Retired & Retiring Organized Seniors Energized), which meets every Friday at 10 AM at ADAMS Center (All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center), has issued its quarterly newsletter. You can read it here. Your comments are welcome.

ROSE Club Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 1 (April 2015). Click here: ROSE CLUB NEWS-1-1-Rev

ROSE Club Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 2 (June 2015). Click here: ROSE CLUB NEWS Vol 1. No. 2

ROSE Club Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 2 (Sept.-Dec. 2015). ROSE CLUB NEWS-October 2015

High Murder In North Carolina

Three young persons were murdered in North Carolina by a man who claims to be against God – an anti-theist, they say. Of all the theist persons he had come across, he choose these three – young, outstanding citizens, and visibly Muslim persons. Did he want to kill three young theists? Did he want to kill three outstanding citizens who were theist? Or Did he want to kill three Muslim theists?
We do not know the definite answer yet, but we have our suspicions. We will have to wait for his day in the court to know who he really wanted to kill, and why.
However, this we know. There is a whole well-financed public mis-information industry churning the wheels that propel men of ill-will to conceive of and carry out actions that attempt to demonize and destroy the Muslim presence in America. They are propelled by a phobia of Islam, and are motivated by hatred of Muslims. They are misguided, even though they know not. The challenge for Muslim Americans is ensure the triumph of truth about Islam over ignorance about Islam and Muslims – in person and in the media.

One attempt to meet this challenge has now been launched by The Bridge Initiative of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. We wish them all success. Check them out at bridge.georgetwon.edu.