|Author:||Rauf, Imam Feisal Abdul|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||May 2012|
|Number of Pages:||225|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.86 x 0.91 x 8.52|
|Author's Note||p. xiii|
|What We Believe||p. 29|
|Shariah in America||p. 47|
|Islam and Other Religions||p. 82|
|The Modern American Muslim Woman||p. 107|
|Our Fight Against Extremism||p. 135|
|Islam, The State, and Politics||p. 161|
|Conclusion: Islam the American Way||p. 179|
|Glossary of Arabic Words Used In the text||p. 207|
Few issues press the attention of communities of faith more than the condition, status, and treatment of Islamic communities after 9/11. Most of us understand that a response out of fear and prejudice is wrong and unfair to American Muslims, but 9/11 has left many Muslims fighting a rearguard action. Imam Rauf, who was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2011, shows that in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death it is possible again to see how a right understanding of Muslim scripture and tradition opens up the long Islamic tradition of rights for women and religious tolerance as well as pride in American citizenship.
Verdict: A welcome antidote to thoughtless and fearful prejudice, Rauf's book is a clearly written and devoutly Muslim guide to an interfaith future. Recommended for church groups as well as individuals of all faiths. [See Prepub Alert, 11/28/11.]
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Muslims in America who reject extremist or fundamentalist expressions of Islam at home and abroad feel the urgent need for a voice that can represent them in the escalating irrationality of the current debate about Islam, America, and the West. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf—the so-called Ground Zero Imam—has become that voice.
Drawing from his personal experiences, Imam Feisal now speaks up on behalf of disenfranchised Muslims around the United States who are spiritual, moderate, and patriotic.
Born to Egyptian parents in Kuwait, Imam Rauf was educated in England and Malaysia, became a U.S. citizen in 1979, and received a degree in physics from Columbia University. Here, he explores the beliefs, aspirations, and ambitions, both spiritual and political, of American Muslims in a post-9/11 world. For example, the Imam sees the 2011 Arab uprising and the death of Osama bin Laden as turning points for Muslims, strengthening moderate voices that are closer to the true nature of Islam. He argues that orthodox Islam supports equal rights for women and embraces religious tolerance and dialogue, and insists on the relevance of Shariah law for democracy in America and for the revolutions in the Middle East.
Touching on all the major issues that have been subject to misperceptions and misrepresentations—such as the role of women, fundamentalism in America and abroad, the intersection of Islam and democracy, even the “Ground Zero Mosque”—Imam Feisal pre-sents a fresh perspective that American Muslims can identify with and a book that non-Muslims can use as a go-to guide, completely changing the discourse about Islam and America today.
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