The role of religion in the adaptation of Sudanese community in Houston to the American culture

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1987

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The purpose of this research is to investigate the role of religion in the adaptation process of Sudanese community in Houston to the American culture. As a result of the British Colonial Rule, urban centers in Sudan have been the most exposed parts of the country to Western values. Based on this fact, the assumption was that the impact of religion in life would be much greater among people who came from rural areas or from families of rural background. The thesis of this research was that the role of religion in the adaptation strategy of the Sudanese to the American culture would be stronger among those of rural background. Robert Redfield's Folk-Urban Continuum was used to determine the degree of exposure of informants to Western culture before they arrived in the United States. The data supported the main thesis as the role of religion was found decisive in the adaptation of people of rural background to the American culture. Religion worked as a preserver factor among them in encouraging them to build their own community and identify themselves with the larger Muslim community in Houston. On the other hand, religion found to be of little impact in the adaptation strategy of people who came from urban centers background to American culture.

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Sudanese---Social conditions, Acculturation, Houston, Texas

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