“In this thought-provoking dual treatment of the historical legacy of Texas and the diasporic experience of Ismaili Shi’a and homosexual Muslims living in Houston and its suburbs, Afzal argues against the works of scholars presenting the various facets of the South Asian community as a monolith of Islamic practices and heterosexuality…..This is new at the forefront of religion.”
“An important addition to the ethnographic study of Muslim and Pakistani Americans as well as the broader anthropological study of immigrant lives and transnational identities, Lone Star Muslims trains a remarkably wide lens on Pakistanis and Pakistani Americans in Houston. To his considerable credit and using multisited methods, Ahmed Afzal ensures diverse coverage of various sectors of Houston Pakistani communities.”
“Lone Star Muslim contributes in significant ways to the study of Muslim communities… there is much to recommend Afzal’s work.”
“Methodologically and theoretically, Lone Star Muslims opens up new possibilities for research of transnational communities in the US… Afzal’s multi-sited approach not only serves to highlight that Pakistani American experience along lines of race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality.”
"Lone Star Muslims portrays the 'heterogeneity of the Muslim American experience in the early twenty-first century,' which is sorely needed when Muslims are easily stereotyped and vilified; it also teaches us that there are 'space for building alliances and solidarity' within ethnic Muslim communities and between them and the wider society. The book is a valuable contribution to the anthropology of American Islam."
—Anthropology Review Database
"Afzal deftly puts ethnography to work in describing the complexities facing Pakistanis in the Lone Star State. This significant book demonstrates how Muslims confront a wide range of issues such as racism, sexuality, and class and gender roles, while offering nuanced lessons from everyday life."
—Junaid Rana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"This engaging work on Pakistani American and Pakistani immigrant experiences in Texas offers both in-depth ethnography and insightful theoretical discussions. Afzal makes major contributions to the wide array of interdisciplinary issues he covers: the case studies are innovative, the research sensitively conducted, and the conclusions compellingly presented.
—Karen Leonard, University of California, Irvine
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