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Author O'Brien, John (John Hoffman), 1973- author.

Title Keeping it halal : the everyday lives of Muslim American teenage boys / John O'Brien.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Faxon Branch - Non Fiction  305.697 O'BRIEN    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  305.697 O'BRIEN    Check Shelf
Description xxiii, 192 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-189) and index.
Contents Preface : finding everyday Muslim American lives -- The culturally contested lives of Muslim youth and American teenagers -- "Cool piety" : how to listen to hip hop as a good Muslim -- "The American prayer" : Islamic obligation and discursive individualism -- "Keeping it halal" and dating while Muslim : two kinds of Muslim romantic relationships -- On being a Muslim in public -- Growing up Muslim and American.
Summary O'Brien provides a look at the social worlds of a group of young male friends as they navigate the complexities of growing up Muslim in America. These typical Muslim American teenage boys are concerned with typical teenage issues--girlfriends, school, parents, being cool--yet are also expected to be good, practicing Muslims who don't date before marriage, who avoid vulgar popular culture, and who never miss their prayers. Americans unfamiliar with Islam may see youths like these as potential ISIS recruits, but they are focused instead on managing their day-to-day cultural dilemmas.
Subject Muslim youth -- United States -- Social conditions.
Muslim men -- United States -- Social conditions.
Muslims -- Cultural assimilation -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
ISBN 9780691168821 (hardcover alkaline paper)
0691168822 (hardcover alkaline paper)
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