Elkholy, Abdo A., 1925-. The Arab Moslems in the United States: religion and assimilation

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Chapter One Arab Moslems In America: A Profile

Chapter Two Historical Background And Present Situations

Four Moslem Sects In The Old Country

The Arab Moslems Learning About America

The Moslems In America

The Mosque Institution

Toledo And Detroit: A Comparison

The Moslem Family In America


Mixed Marriage

Courtship And Mixed Religious And Racial Marriage


Social Relations With The Arab Christians

Relations Between The Moslems And Other Religious Groups

Toledo Moslems Observe Ramadan

Family Interrelations In Both Communities

Socio-economic Status

Relations With The Old Countries

Political Views

The Federation Of Islamic Associations

The Palestine War

The Role Of The Egyptian Revolution In The Islamic Movement In America

Arab Nationalism

Chapter Three Assimilation

The Scale’s Components

Intercorrelation Of Items

Assimilation In The Scheme Of The Two Communities

The Nature Of The Settlers In Each Community

Ecological Factors And Occupation


A Case Study In Toledo

The Life Pattern Of The Arab Moslems In America

Generational Differences

Generational Differences Between The Two Communities

Assimilation And Religion

Agents Of Assimilation

The Problem Of Mixed Religious Marriage

The Sectarian Conflict In Both Communities



Chapter Four Generation

Generation In The Two Communities

Causes Of Migration


Roots Of Conflict Between Generations


The “beat” Arab Generation In Detroit

Toledo Family Pattern

Generation And Religious Consciousness

Generation And Occupation

Chapter Five Religiosity

Religious And Cultural Backgrounds Of The Two Communities

The Present Religious Situations Of The Two Communities

The Measurement Of Religiosity

The Association Between Sex And Religiosity

Occupation And Religiosity

Socio-economic Status And Religiosity

Education And Religiosity

Education By The Two Communities

Generation And Religiosity

Religiosity In The Scheme Of Generation

The Scale Of Religious Belief

The Scale Of Convention

The Scale Of Religious Knowledge

The Scale Of Religious Observances

Sociological Analyses

The Social Role Of The Second Generation In Both Communities

Case History Of A First-generation Immigrant In Detroit

The Social Role Played By The Toledo Second Generation

Two Sects In The Moslem Communities

America As A Melting Pot Of Nations

Some American Values

Friday Noon Prayer In Both Communities

Who Attends Friday Noon Prayer At The Mosque

Sunday Activities As A Sign Of Americanization

Sunday School In Detroit

Sunday School In Toledo

Comparison Between The Two Communities In Religiosity

Chapter Six The Two Communities Compared

The Social Structure Of Each Community



The Ecological Distribution



The Time Of Settlement



Social Leadership

Religious Leadership

Interreligious Marriage


Role Of Women And The Family

Religion And Assimilation

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Title: The Arab Moslems in the United States: religion and assimilation

Published By: New Haven: College and University Press, 1966. 176 p.

By line: by Abdo A. Elkholy

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: External migration (167); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Cultural participation (184); Age stratification (561); Ethnic stratification (563); General character of religion (771); Religious denominations (795);

Abstract: This study was written to explore the variables associated with the differences in the degree of assimilation and religiosity between two Arab-Muslim communities in Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan, both of whom share identical religio-ethnic backgrounds. In the analysis of the data the author attempts to point out the fallacy of the previously assumed negative correlation between the two factors of religiosity and assimilation. The work also examines the socio-economic status of the residents of the two communities, the status of women, intermarriage, ecological patterns, and relationships between the Arab-Muslim communities and their Christian and Jewish neighbors.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: nk09-001

Document Type: monograph

Language: English


Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-172)

Field Date: 1959

Evaluation: Sociologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1998

Coverage Date: 1959

Coverage Place: Toledo, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan, United States

LCSH: Arab Americans


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