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Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States

Portrait of Su'ad Al Khabeer, wearing a bright yellow hijab, and a deep blue blouse. Text reads



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


The Humanities Research Center in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Ph.D., will present her book Muslim Cool

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About the Speaker

Su'ad Al Khabeer, Ph.D, is a scholar who uses anthropology and performance to explore the intersections of race and popular culture. She is currently an associate professor of American culture and Arab and Muslim American studies at the University of Michigan. Her latest work, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States (NYU Press 2016), is an ethnography on Islam and hip hop that examines how intersecting ideas of Muslimness and blackness challenge and reproduce the meanings of race in the US.

About the Book

This groundbreaking study of race, religion and popular culture in the 21st century United States focuses on a new concept, "Muslim Cool." Muslim Cool is a way of being an American Muslim—displayed in ideas, dress, social activism in the 'hood and complex relationships to state power. Constructed through hip hop and the performance of blackness, Muslim Cool is a way of engaging with the Black American experience by both black and non-black young muslims that challenges racist norms in the U.S. as well as dominant ethnic and religious structures within American Muslim communities.

Image: Muslim Cool Book Cover, courtesy of NYU Press


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