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Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes. Along with her brother Eyad and her African-American friends, Hakim and Hanifa, she bikes the Indianapolis streets exploring the fault-lines between “Muslim” and “American.”
When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern state — taking care to stay away from Indiana, where the murder of her friend Tayiba’s sister by Klan violence years before still haunts her. But when her job sends her to cover a national Islamic conference in Indianapolis, she’s back on familiar ground: Attending a concert by her brother’s interfaith band The Clash of Civilizations, dodging questions from the “aunties” and “uncles,” and running into the recently divorced Hakim everywhere.
Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.
paper / 2006 / 448 pp / 978-0786715190 / $15.95
Order no. 1555
Dan Rottenberg and Dwight W. Hoover, eds.
In Middletown, the landmark 1927 study of a typical American town (Muncie, Indiana), the authors commented, "The Jewish population of Middletown is so small as to be numerically negligible... [and makes] the Jewish issue slight." But WAS the "Jewish issue" slight? What did it mean to be a Jew in Muncie? That is the issue that this book seeks to answer. The Jewish experience in Muncie reflects what many similar communities experienced in hundreds of Middletowns across the midwest. "Middletown Jews... takes us, through nineteen fascinating interviews done in 1979, into the lives led by mainly first generation American Jews in a small mid-western city." ―San Diego Jewish Times
paper / 142 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-33243-5/$12.95
Order No. 2317
First settled by African Americans in 1878, Indianapolis's east-side district of Martindale had, by the early 1940s, fallen on hard times. A bleak economic outlook had helped fuel a growing crime rate among the neighborhood's young people. Into this seemingly hopeless situation stepped a forty-four-year-old wife and mother who knew something about despair, having endured the death of a child. In 1941 the woman—Edna Barnes Martin—established a day care center for the children of working mothers, offering hope and security to countless young African Americans. For thirty years Martin, the founder and director of the East side Christian Center, "reformed so-called unredeemable boys, trained girls to become compentent women, clothed and fed multitudes, and found jobs for the unemployed." Martin's work in one of Indianapolis's worst ghettos helped break down negative racial attitudes and gained the spiritual and financial backing of white missionaries and philanthropists throughout the state.
cloth / 2002 / 198 pp / 978-0871951618 / $12.95
Order no. 2373
Reveals how religious faith can motivate people in inner-city neighborhoods to work together even through diversity in terms of race, age, socio-economic background, and religious denomination.
paper / 1998 / ISBN 0-9662066-0-6 /
Order No. 2318
J. Kent Calder
Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, and Muslim voices are represented by editors, photographers, poets, and writers.
cloth / 158 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-253-33453-5 /
Order No. 2314
Seminarians share intimate, painful, and sometimes secret parts of their lives. This is a provocative portrait of a generation of Catholics and an agenda for liberal change in the Church.
cloth / 272 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32943-4 /
Order No. 2179
Jacquelyn S. Nelson
More than one thousand Quakers served in the military during the Civil War, while others supported the war effort at home. Conscientious objection, anti-slavery, and nonviolence are chronicled.
cloth / 298 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-87195-064-2 / $19.95
Order No. 2242
Joseph M. White
All ninety-two counties are detailed in this survey focusing on the significant material symbols of Hoosier faith.
paper / 202 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 1-878208-56-8 / $19.95
Order No. 3111
A Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin, a youth biography, explores the life of the woman who would become Indiana's first saint.
cloth / 198 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-255-4 / $17.95
Order No. 2640