Parents and Youth: Perceiving and Practicing Islam in North America
MUSLIM FAMILIES IN NORTH AMERICA, pp. 132-147, Earle H. Waugh, Sharon McIrvin Abu-Laban, Regula Burckhardt Qureshi, eds., University Press, 1991
Posted: 21 Aug 2011
Date Written: 1991
This chapter examines how some Arab Muslim youth and families in North America perceive themselves both as Arabs and as Muslims in the context of Canadian and United States societies. Parents are concerned with how best to transmit the Islamic ideological and Arab cultural heritage to their children. One of their problems derives from differences among Arab Muslims, who come from varied national origins and hold several interpretations of the Islamic view, not all of which are based on the Qur'an; as a result they also have different nationalistic attachments to their understanding of Arab heritage. A second problem arises between immigrant parents and their American-reared children. The children may participate in American culture to a greater extent than their parents, and they are constantly faced with the conceptual need to accommodate potentially conflicting points of view. Effective identity transmission requires the determination of the nature and extent of the different interpretations held by parents and their children and of the way these interpretations are reflected in their practice of Islam and association with the Arabic heritage.
Keywords: Muslim Parents and Youth, North America, Perceiving and Practicing Islam
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