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The Muslim community in America is in a very unique position. So much diversity but no unifying culture. Many claim the Islamic culture and tradition are unifying forces but we can’t seem to agree on exactly what that is in the context of American culture. Furthermore, many Muslims can’t seem to come to terms with the idea of an “American Islam”. For some Muslims it is problematic and conflicting. For some it is quite natural, perhaps even harmonious. And for some it is perplexing. But is it possible to create a culture for Muslims in America that is successful in America? Should Islam make us more American or less American? This lecture is critical on so many levels because it deals with issues that, to this point, have resulted in a dysfunctional and poisonous Muslim culture that is alienating instead of embracing. What is the solution? How do we make everyone feel like they belong while remaining true to Islam? American convert and scholar Umar Faruq Abd-Allah recommends for Muslims in America to work towards the creation of a “pan-American Islamic culture”, a culture that everyone who deems themselves Muslim-American can identify with. To be successful in doing this we must understand our place in America. That we have a rich history and roots in America dating to pre-Columbus times and that we, indeed, belong in America. An intelligent and introspective survey of the current state of Muslims in America and some practical advice for those interested in making a difference. Based on the book “A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb”. You can purchase this book at http://www.islamondemand.com/webb