In this ethnographic study of african american women converts to the mainstream sunni islam in two communities in los angeles california carolyn moxley rouse tries to understand what inspired these converts to make the switch and under what circumstances as well as how they accept interpret and live islamic teachings that are generally . Engaged surrender african american women and islam carolyn moxley rouse series especially black women to islam carolyn rouse sought answers to these questions among the women of sunni muslim mosques in los angeles the first prayer of the day it is the month of ramadan1 and therefore the meal will have to satisfy karim and alia . Engaged surrender african american women and islam by c arolyn m oxley r ouse berkeley california university of california press 2004 288 pp price pb gbp1295 isbn 0 520 23795 1. Click on the article title to read more. In engaged surrender islam becomes a unique prism for clarifying the role of faith in contemporary black womens experience through these womens stories rouse reveals how commitment to islam refracts complex processes urbanization political and social radicalization and deindustrialization that shape black lives generally and black
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