Islam, Muslims, Religion in USA, Muslim families, Koran


Jn 2004, we drew attention to the fact that almost all of the social science research on religion and families examined Christian families-and only Christian families (Dollahite, Marks, & Goodman, 2004). Specifically, we noted a "conspicuous" absence of research on both Muslim and Jewish families (p. 422). We have made a pronounced effort to include both Muslim families and Jewish families in the American Families of Faith project, and virtually all of our work includes both along with Christian families from various denominations. Some of our recent work has focused solely on Muslim families or Jewish families (e.g., Alghafli, Hatch, & March, 2014a, 2014b, 2014c; Hatch & Marks, 2014a, 2014b, 2014c; Marks, Hatch, & Dollahite, unpublished manuscript). In the next two chapters, with American Families of Faith project members Trevan Hatch' (who holds a graduate degree in Jewish Studies) and Zahra Alghafli (a practicing Muslim from Saudi Arabia who has researched and published several recent works on Muslim families), we take a closer look at Muslim (chapter 8) and Jewish families (chapter 9).

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Hatch, T. G., Marks, L. D., Alghafli, Z., & Dollahite, D. C. (2017). Muslim families in the United States. In L. D. Marks & D. C. Dollahite, Religion and families: An introduction (pp. 157-172). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

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