The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and That Veil Thing
- 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jmoncton - LibraryThing
I read this book since it is the 2012 selection for Silicon Valley Reads. Although, I'm only giving it 3 stars, I must admit that this sparked some very stimulating conversations among family and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - icadams - LibraryThing
A good introduction to Islam for non-Muslims. Be aware that many of her views do not represent traditional Islam, but rather a liberalized, western practice of Islam. On the other hand, it is non-threatening, easy to digest, and generally quite good. Read full review