For Land and Justice: Ethnonationalism and the Role of a Regenerative Mosque for Sustainable American Future


ACLS Project Development Grants


Social Sciences


An atmosphere of rising xenophobia, racism, and populism undermines the well-being of Muslims in the United States. Muslim cemeteries and mosques are targeted with accusations of breeding extremism and causing environmental degradation, making it difficult for Muslim Americans to meet their spiritual needs. Through the lens of a regenerative mosque project in Georgia, this ethnographic research explores how a Muslim American community engages with Islamic cosmologies, nature-based solutions, eco-focused market-driven sustainability practices, and green economy in redefining their relationships with the land and earth; to co-exist with others during a time of climate change and increasing recognition of environmental injustice. This project highlights how Muslim Americans create a place for themselves, the broader human community, and the natural ecosystem by engaging Islamic traditions and cultural values with sustainability science and technology to renew democracy and co-create the American future.