Sadullah Khan, Executive Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Irvine in California, notes that the search for an identity plays a large role in the American Muslim experience.
"It is the search for a relevant identity, the greater awareness of global issues, their greater freedom to have access to a broader perspective on the world and on religion and spirituality that leads them to be more adventurous and participate in more 'Islamic' activities on campuses," said Khan.
Khan also noted that there are differences between the younger generation and older generation of Muslims in America. The parent's generation was Muslim not necessarily out of choice or conviction, he explained, but primarily because of culture. In contrast, he said, the American Muslim youth practice and view Islam more as civilizational than merely cultural.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Young American Muslims Seek Identity in Islam
From World Politics Watch