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Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies: Middle Eastern Concentration

First Advisor

Zayde Antrim

Second Advisor

Seth Markle

Third Advisor

Janet Bauer


Studies of Islam in America are conducted by few organizations, and the ones that do are prone to fight over the results (such as the size of the American Muslim population). This study attempted to be a holistic and objective review of the materials available to determine the level of integration that “Islam”, somehow simultaneously monolithic and pluralistic, has achieved in America. Paying homage to the history of pluralism, tolerance and intolerance and America, I attempted to draw historic parallels to Malcolm X and the Civil Rights Era, Muslim Hip Hop artists in America, post 9/11 political and judicial rhetoric by our elected leaders, and the ideological founding of America in the Revolutionary war. Citing shared concepts of tolerance found within both Islamic values and American values, I set out to discover Islam’s compatibility with America.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Access to full text is restricted to the campus only.