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Title:Islam and Punk Music on U of I's Campus
Subject(s):Islam, youth, music, punk, diversity
Abstract:The aim of this research is to examine the role of Islam and Muslims in the construction of the Punk fan base on U of I's campus. Stereotypical representations of Muslim life tend to place Muslim Americans in the realm of the old, conservative and static. In stark contrast, the Punk genre is often understood to be young, rebellious and exclusively white. Through interviews with Muslim and non-Muslim participants in the Punk scene on U of I's campus, the project highlights the possible appeal of the genre to Muslim youth, as well as the role of diversity in defining the Punk identity. The aim of this project is to focus on Muslim youth not as occupying a liminal space within the "foreign" American musical sphere, but as critical players in the shaping of campus's Punk culture.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:AAS258 Spring 2011 Muslims in America
Professor Junaid Rana
Introduction to the study of Muslims in the United States and broadly the history of Islam in the Americas. Using a comparative approach, we study how the historical narrative of African American and Latino Muslims relates to newer immigrant populations, primarily Arab American and South Asian American Muslim communities.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-04

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