American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Feb 1, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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Today, an estimated four to six million Muslims live in the United States. Yet Islam is still one of the most misunderstood and maligned religions in this country. Nes coverage of recent events such as the World Trade Center bombings and the war in Iraq spread one-sided, negative images of Muslims as terrorists and religious fanatics in America and abroad. In American Islam, Richard Wormser draws on interviews with Muslim teenagers to go beyond the headlines and provides a timely, unbiased look at this important segment of American society.

Young Muslims speak out about everyday concerns -- family, school, relationships -- revealing how they maintain their identity and adapt their religious and cultural traditions to fit into America's more permissive society. A historical overview of Islam, an interpretation of the basic tenets of the Quran, and a close look at the growth of Islam in African-American communities rounds out the first-person accounts of dialy life.

 

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interview with young american muslim highlights an overview of one of America's most misunderstood religious groups, showing how muslims maintain their traditions in the face of the permissiveness of american society.

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Richard Wormser is an award-winning writer and photographer. He has written, produced, and directed over one hundred programs for television, educational institutions, and government. His programs have received over twenty-five awards. He is the originator, series coproducer, and writer/director of the four-part PBS television series The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. He has also written twenty books of young adult nonfiction, and has taught film and video production courses at the University of Bridgeport and Global Village in New York. He lives in New York City.

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