The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and That Veil Thing

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White Cloud Press, Aug 1, 2008 - Education - 287 pages
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- Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Award 2009 -

Since 9/11, stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines, politics, and water-cooler conversations all across the country. And, although Americans hear about Islam on a daily basis, there remains no clear explanation of Islam or its people. The Muslim Next Door offers easy-to-understand yet academically sound answers to these questions while also dispelling commonly held misconceptions. Written from the point of view of an American Muslim, the book addresses what readers in the Western world are most curious about, beginning with the basics of Islam and how Muslims practice their religion before easing into more complicated issues like jihad, Islamic fundamentalism, and the status of women in Islam. Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali's vivid anecdotes about growing up Muslim and female in the West, along with her sensitive, scholarly overview of Islam, combine for a uniquely insightful look at the world's fastest growing religion.

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Review: The Muslim next door : the Qurʼan, the media, and that veil thing

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

I learned a lot about the Muslim religion and its history…what Muslims "should" believe and should do… but frankly I found the author to be very naive and simplistic… whether she claims that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christina Zable - Goodreads

I really had to push myself to finish this. It was kind of interesting to hear about author Sumbul Ali-Karamali's experiences growing up and living as a Muslim in the US, but it did feel like she was ... Read full review


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Sumbul Ali-Karamali grew up in California, balancing her South Asian, Muslim, and American identities. Often the only Muslim her acquaintances knew, she had ample practice answering questions about Islam and Muslims. ("What do you mean you can't go to the prom because of your religion?") While working as a corporate lawyer, she was repeatedly asked to recommend books on Islam, so she decided to write a book that was both academically reliable and entertaining to read. Consequently, she moved to London and earned her L.L.M. in Islamic Law from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. She served as a teaching assistant in Islamic Law at SOAS and a research associate at the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law in London, and then she wrote The Muslim Next Door for everyone who ever asked ? or wanted to ask ? a question about Islam.