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



Dr. Abdul-Khabeer is a scholar, artist and activist. Her new book Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States is a timely analysis of the richness and complexity of American Islam.

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 in 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

Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments served.

Sponsored by Penn Sapelo: Penn Sapelo is a newly formed campus group for Black Muslim students and their allies at Penn who are committed to exploring and celebrating the intersection of race, religion, culture and identity. Penn Sapelo's mission is to lift up the unique contributions of Black Muslims to Penn's campus and general society. We are wholeheartedly devoted to advocating on behalf of diversity, inclusion, racial solidarity and social justice in the American Muslim community, Black community and beyond.