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Racialization and Muslims: Situating the Muslim Experience in Race Scholarship


Correspondence address: Dr. Saher Selod, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway C 205A, Boston, MA 02115. E-mail:


This article reviews how racialization enables an understanding of Muslim and Muslim American experience as racial. Race scholarship in the United States has historically been a Black/White paradigm. As a result, the experiences of many racial and ethnic groups who have become a part of the American landscape due to the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 have largely been ignored in race scholarship. By reviewing racialization and its application to Arabs and Muslims, it is apparent that scholars must continuously explore newer theories and languages of race. Racialization not only provides a way to understand the fluidity of race and racism but it also contributes to the advancement of race scholarship by reflecting on the current contextual influences on race.