April 12, 2018; Washington, D.C. — Amid another era of increased hostility toward Muslim Americans, many in a new generation are ready to assert who they are and tell their own story. In a series beginning today, NPR national correspondent Leila Fadel reports on Muslim communities from Chicago to rural Texas, and the many ways you can be Muslim in America.
The first piece in "Muslim Americans: A New Generation" aired on Morning Edition today. Fadel also has a story featured in the May issue of National Geographic magazine; the story is part of National Geographic's continuing "Diversity in America" coverage, which features different racial, ethnic, and religious groups and examines their changing roles in 21st-century life.
The NPR series tells the story of a new generation of Muslims, who have stopped merely defending themselves as they did after the September 11, 2001 attacks. This new generation represents one of the most racially and ethnically diverse faith groups in the country, reflecting a modern mosaic of Islamic practice. They are community organizers, converts, high schoolers facing bullies, and podcasters creating a space to just be themselves.
The series will air across NPR newsmagazines and NPR.org through Sunday, April 15.
Join NPR's Leila Fadel, photojournalist Lynsey Addario, and MacArthur Fellow Rami Nashashibi for a talk at National Geographic on Wednesday, May 2, exploring the multifaceted culture and experiences of Muslims in America. Tickets are available now.
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