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Old 11-13-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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Hello,

My husband is from Cairo and a year ago I dragged the poor guy from one of the biggest cities in the world to Tucson AZ while I finished up college. Now Im almost finished and Im definitely seeing that he (we) need to move to a bigger city.

I too would appreciate going someplace more metropolitan than Tucson but at the same time Im from Rochester, NY and NYC scares me. I want a place to raise kids but still diverse, preferably with a decent Muslim presence. Also, having a good job market that would cater to people with overseas and bilingual skills would be a plus.

So tell me about your city! Thank you.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:11 AM
 
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Cairo to Tucson, that's harsh
Anyways, Milw. is a great city in that it maintains it roots like most cities do not. It is close to Chicago, which has a very large Muslim population (I don't know either way about Milw.). It is a nice sized city -- It is a large core city with a relatively small metropolitan area (2 million) which is very nice, IMO. Wisconsin has a very good quality of life, good schools, services, et. cetera. I'm no local, but I suggest it wholeheartedly.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:55 AM
 
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Milwaukee has a good resource at Welcome to the ISM
As far as Chicago, I'd check this site out -- Chicago History -- lot of good info there.
The Nation of Islam, headed by Louis Farrakhan, is pretty much the extent of many SW WI/NE IL ppl's experience with this religion. I'll just say, it doesn't give a very complete view of the faith....
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:36 AM
 
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I would say the Muslim scene in Milwaukee is fairly active and diverse. There are two Muslim schools that teach traditional values, and several mosques. The Middle Eastern Muslim population worships at the Islamic Center of Milwaukee, a substantial mosque on 20th & Layton on the South Side. I grew up not far from the Islamic Center, so I can tell you it's been there for a long, long time, and has grown physically through the years. It serves Saudis, Lebanese, Egyptians, Palestinians ... really the whole Middle Eastern Muslim cohort.

On the north side of the city you have several mosques and a school that serve the African American muslim population. Of late there has been a number of muslim families from Somalia who have migrated to the north side of Milwaukee, drawn by these mosques and this school.

As far as culture and cuisine, the city hosts an Arab Fest every summer at the lakefront, and has a handful of Middle Eastern food markets. There are some great Middle Eastern restaurants as well.

So, all in all, Milwaukee is no Dearborn, Michigan when it comes to Middle Eastern culture in America. But I know quite a few Middle Eastern Muslims that have made a nice life for themselves here and seem quite content.
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