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Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys

John O'Brien


This book provides a uniquely personal look at the social worlds of a group of young male friends as they navigate the complexities of growing up Muslim in America. The book offers a compelling portrait of typical Muslim American teenage boys concerned with typical teenage issues—girlfriends, school, parents, being cool—yet who are also expected to be good, practicing Muslims who don't date before marriage, who avoid vulgar popular culture, and who never miss their prayers. Many Americans unfamiliar with Islam or Muslims see young men like these as potential ISIS recruits. But neither militant ... More

Keywords: Muslim identity, teenage boys, Islam, religious obligation, Muslim women, Islamic permissibility, cultural dilemma, Muslim American identity, Muslim American boys

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691197111
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691197111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John O'Brien, author
New York University