Land That I Love

The Land that I Love

Timothy Shivers

Boston, MA USA. October – November 2014

The Muslim population of the United States is still relatively small, some 3 million people. In the Boston area, the community dates to the late 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1964 that the first mosque was built in nearby Quincy. There are now several mosques, schools, and community centers in the Greater Boston area serving a diverse group of believers drawn from around the world – Sunni and Shi’a, recent immigrants and longtime residents. 

As Islam grows in a Western context, new generations are challenging the cultural norms of their forefathers and penetrating a new Islamic identity in the U.S. From university students to politicians to police officers, these Boston Muslims are shaping a hybrid identity and fighting against the banner which has recently hung over their community.