Lone star Muslims : transnational lives and the South Asian experience in Texas


    • Afzal, Ahmed


Lone star Muslims : transnational lives and the South Asian experience in Texas

Ahmed Afzal

New York University Press, c2015

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-256) and index



Lone Star Muslims offers an engaging and insightful look at contemporary Muslim American life in Texas. It illuminates the dynamics of the Pakistani Muslim community in Houston, a city with one of the largest Muslim populations in the south and southwestern United States. Drawing on interviews and participant observation at radio stations, festivals, and ethnic businesses, the volume explores everyday Muslim lives at the intersection of race, class, profession, gender, sexuality, and religious sectarian affiliation to demonstrate the complexity of the South Asian experience. Importantly, the volume incorporates narratives of gay Muslim American men of Pakistani descent, countering the presumed heteronormativity evident in most of the social science scholarship on Muslim Americans and revealing deeply felt affiliations to Islam through ritual and practice. It also includes narratives of members of the highly skilled Shia Ismaili Muslim labor force employed in corporate America, of Pakistani ethnic entrepreneurs, the working class and the working poor employed in Pakistani ethnic businesses, of community activists, and of radio program hosts. Decentering dominant framings that flatten understandings of transnational Islam and Muslim Americans, such as "terrorist" on the one hand, and "model minority" on the other, Lone Star Muslims offers a glimpse into a variety of lived experiences. It shows how specificities of class, Islamic sectarian affiliation, citizenship status, gender, and sexuality shape transnational identities and mediate racism, marginalities, and abjection.


Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1 Houston: Race, Class, Oil, and the Making of "America's Most Diverse City" 30 2 "A Dream Come True": Shia Ismaili Experiences in Corporate America 64 3 "It's Allah's Will": The Transnational Muslim Heritage Economy 95 4 "I Have a Very Good Relationship with Allah": Pakistani Gay Men and Transnational Belonging 124 5 The Pakistan Independence Day Festival: The Making of a "Houston Tradition" 152 6 "Pakistanis Have Always Been Radio People": Transnational Media, Business Imperatives, and Homeland Politics 178 Conclusion 205 Notes 215 Bibliography 233 Index 257 About the Author 263

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