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In its introductory part, the present article traces the development of a distinct genre of Muslim American literature (MAL) both within and outside of the overlapping categories of Arab-American and African-American literature. Having introduced two MAL representatives of Syrian and Pakistani origin, Mohja Kahf and Ayad Akhtar, the article focuses on the comparison of their acclaimed debut novels — exemplary Muslim American bildungsromans — The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf and American Dervish.doaj:4ca2d66329ca49b2a0c7c011841b96e3 fatcat:545mwfsnobebfiioje4v27cfwy