Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2013

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Richard B. Turner

First Committee Member

Ahmed Souaiaia

Second Committee Member

Morten Schlutter


This paper provides overview of the two larger Muslim communities in Detroit (African-American and Arab American), their differing views on theology, racism, and women's rights issues, as well as the places where they are united. It also focuses on the recent media and scholarly attention on the Arab American Muslim community in Detroit and how it marginalizes the African-American Muslim community. It looks at the reasons for diversity and then evaluates if it is feasible that Detroit Muslims will eventually develop a united ummah or if they will continue to construct distinctive but separate American Muslim identities and communities in the twenty-first century.


ii, 62 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 58-62).


Copyright 2013 Lisa Gail Omanson

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