Blue-eyed devil: a road odyssey through Islamic America

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Autonomedia, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
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In his quest for an indigenous "American Islam," Michael Muhammad Knight embarks on a series of interstate odysseys. Traveling 20,000 miles by Greyhound in sixty days, he squats in run-down mosques, pursues Muslim romance, is detained at the U.S.-Canadian border with a trunkload of Shi'a literature, crashes Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conventions, stink-palms Cat Stevens, limps across Chicago to find the grave of Noble Drew Ali, and hunts down the truth of the Nation of Islam mystery-man, W.D. Fard - filling dozens of notebooks along the way. The result is this semi-autobiographical book, with multiple histories of Fard and the landscape of American Islam woven into Knight's own story. P> n the course of his adventures Knight sorts out his own relationship to Islam as he journeys from punk provocateur to a recognized voice in the community, and watches first-hand the collapse of a liberal Islamic dream. The book's extensive cast of characters includes anarcho-Sufi heretics, vegan kung-fu punks, tattoo-sleeved converts in hardcore bands, spiritual drug dealers, Islamic feminists, slick media entrepreneurs, sages of the street, the grandsons of Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, and a group called "Muslims for Bush." P> ith its journalistic approach to Islam's intersection with race, gender, and Americanization, Blue-Eyed Devil offers a brutally honest but ultimately compassionate look at the marginal underground of Islamic America.

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“Blue Eyed Devil” is Michael Mohammed Knight’s travelogue through the USA to discover what is uniquely American in the Muslim American experience. His insight into the difficulty in researching family ... Read full review

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An interesting book. A "sheltered" Muslim, so to speak, might find this book shocking or full of hatred or discrediting Islam at first (or forever, for that matter :D). However, there are voices that might be important to hear, for anybody ... But for sure, this can be a mini catalog for Islam in America thanks to Mike's "journeys" to several must-know sites related to the history of Islam in America... 


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