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Muslims in US Prisons: People, Policy, Practice

Nawal H. Ammar, editor
Muslims in US Prisons: People, Policy, Practice
ISBN: 978-1-62637-168-2
$69.95
ISBN: 978-1-62637-550-5
$69.95
2015/260 pages/LC: 2014041442
"Unique and original.... The authors provide complex and nuanced views on a topic about which there is considerable curiosity but little systematic research."—N. Prabha Unnithan, Colorado State University

DESCRIPTION

How realistic are media portrayals of radical, "homegrown" Islamic terrorists filling US prisons? With prisons a fertile recruiting ground for Islam, what impact does the religion have on life behind bars? Muslims in US Prisons systematically explores the cultural, legal, political, and religious issues shaping the Muslim prison experience.
                       
The authors probe the topic from the perspectives of both prisoners and the criminal justice system. In the process, they illuminate larger issues of race and imprisonment, inmate culture, and rehabilitation. The result is a revealing look at an often sensationalized but understudied population.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nawal H. Ammar is professor of social science and humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

CONTENTS

  • Exploring Islam in Prisons—M.S. Hamm and N.H. Ammar.
  • CONTEXTS.
  • Muslim History and Demographics, In and Out of Prison—H. Kusha.
  • Islamic Perspectives on Crime, Punishment, and Prison—N.H. Ammar.
  • Challenges in Research—M. Quraishi.
  • LIVING AND SPREADING ISLAM IN PRISON.
  • Religious Rights, Religious Discrimination—K.L. Marcus.
  • Conversion: Motives, Patterns, and Practices—N.H. Ammar and R. Weaver.
  • Imams in Prisons: Balancing Faith and Religious Politics—N.H. Ammar.
  • AFTER SEPTEMBER 11.
  • Detention Immediately After September 11—I. Sheikh.
  • Prison Islam in the Age of Sacred Terror—M.S. Hamm.
  • "Prislam" Myths and Realities—T. Hiller.
  • Policy Responses, Personal Implications—A. Marvasti.
  • Muslims in US Security Prisons—D.P. Forsythe.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Building Better Understandings of Religion, Corrections, and Society—N.H. Ammar.
  • Appendixes.