Mipsters, IllMuslims, and MAZA: Muslim Americans and Social Media
April 12, 2016
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Current discourse within Islamic communities frequently emphasizes the importance of the global Muslim community, or umma, and the importance of maintaining this network. Historically, connections within the umma have been established and reinforced through kinship ties and trade partnerships. With the advent of the Internet age, Muslims have used online tools to connect further with members of the global Muslim community. At the same time, American discourse increasingly discusses Muslims in the United States within the monolithic identity category of "Muslim Americans." At the intersection of these two trends, young Muslims in the United States are going online to discuss, navigate and perform their identities. Through interviews with young U.S. Muslims, I explore how Muslim millennials navigate the multiple dimensions of their identities, and how their interactions over social media influence, aid or hinder this navigation.