February 5, 2013

Chicago is ground zero in U.S. Muslim renaissance

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Liza Garza, Cristal Truscott of Progress Theatre, and Carlton Turner of M.U.G.A.B.E.E. preform at IMAN's Community Cafe at Little Village Lawndale High School in Chicago. RNS photo by Richard Pack.

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CHICAGO (RNS) At the corner of West 63rd Street and South Fairfield, there are all the predictable signs of decline: vacant businesses, empty lots, spikes in violence. But this nondescript intersection is also the site of a renaissance in American Islam, where new Muslim institutions are emerging at an unprecedented rate.