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As more people grow to understand the teachings of Islam and the Muslim religion as a whole, there is more acceptance and respect for what the religion stands for. It is common to musims American Muslims wearing a hijab and as understanding grows about the veil, it becomes more and more a part of American Society.

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The stigma existed in Houston, too. Ravat and Qamar were shocked when ISGH eagerly accepted their program proposal, saying they would have been met with more resistance 10 years ago.

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The No. Gender roles are another major cultural conflict couples face, experts and community members say.

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Some cultures may expect the woman to be a stay-at-home mother and housewife. Women have every right to work — and keep the money they earn to themselves — and house chores can be divided between the husband and wife however they please.

By drawing a distinction between cultural and religious expectations, Ravat and Qamar hope to alleviate the stresses and confusion among individuals already torn between two cultures and equip them with the tools and information their immigrant parents may not have had for a successful marriage. Touba Shah is a year-old in the Ahmadiyya community, a sect of Islam founded in the 19th century whose followers believe the messiah prophesied by Muhammad americaj already returned.

But experiences like hers are actually fairly common.

marriagge Potential brides and grooms almost always lead the way, but parents might be more involved in selecting a partner than they would in other American households. Justin Gellerson Debates about assimilation often focus on immigrants, but they overlook the experiences of Muslims who have long been settled in the U.

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While 58 percent of adult Muslims were born outside of the U. More than half of those who have been here for three generations or more are black.

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Before Saleem met Ajerican, she tried dating all kinds of people, including non-Muslims. How I envision my life and my family was different. I want my family to celebrate Ramadan together.

Roughly one-fifth of American Muslims are black—according to Pew, a little less than one-third are Asian or South Asian, and roughly 41 percent are white or Arab. The question of assimilation is matriage less relevant for converts, who for roughly 21 percent of all U. Muslims, according to Pew, and 44 percent of Muslims born in America.

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Charles Turner grew up in a small town in Virginia, the white son of a nominally Catholic father. When he got to Virginia Commonwealth Karriage, he started hanging out with members of the Muslim Students Association. They questioned whether the pair would be able to navigate their different backgrounds. And I guess you could say a bit of apprehension, as well.

At their wedding last year, the pair skipped a big Pakistani-style celebration for a simple ceremony. And Turner walked in to the tune of an Irish jig.

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The newlyweds recently moved americsn Mormon-heavy Utah, which fits them surprisingly well. Justin Gellerson For all of these couples, the experience of navigating Muslim identity is made infinitely easier by being mariage. A recent Pew study suggests that American Muslims have become ificantly more open toward homosexuality in recent years: Just more than half say it should be accepted by society, compared to barely more than a quarter who said the same thing a decade ago.

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Even so, this percentage is lower than that of the general American public, 63 percent of whom mhslims of homosexuality. Nur was raised in a black Muslim home in New York.

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Her parents converted when they were in high school, and many of her extended family members are Christians. Despite the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell that legalized same-sex marriage in America, they were worried about losing their rights under marriagr Trump administration. Like the other young Muslim couples I interviewed, theirs is not a linear story of assimilation or rejection of American culture.

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