Failure of Muslim Leadership in America From the Perspective of First-Generation Muslim Americans: A Phenomenological Study Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs. While leadership is a foundational component of guidance in most societies, Muslim children born in America to immigrant parents lack such guidance. A qualitative case study was recently conducted with six first-generation Muslim American college students and professionals. The purpose of this study was six-fold: to examine the concept of leadership in Muslim communities in America, to observe perceptions of Muslim leadership in mosques and community centers, to examine the practice and beliefs of Muslims in America, to view the social interaction of Muslim Americans within their community, to view the mentorship and leadership aspects of Muslim Americans in their community and to inspect marital and cultural aspects within those societies. Findings reveal four themes that show that Muslim Americans are subject to role confusion as they go through adolescence and need a leadership role model to assist them through this stage.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Mobeen, N., Shahabuddin, S., Elbert, C., & Bonner, F. E.

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  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Mobeen, Noor||Shahabuddin, Shaan||Elbert, Chanda||Bonner, Fred E

publication date

  • January 2019