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American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion

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Vivid, dramatic portraits of Muslims in America in the years after 9/11, as they define themselves in a religious subculture torn between moderation ... Show synopsis

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robert m

Excellent overview of Muslim diversity.

by robert m on Jun 2, 2011

An excellent overview of the diversity of Islam - within the USA. Read and imagine the diversity that must exist worldwide. The section "The Feminist" should dispel the commonly held image of Islam as an unchanging religious monolith. Of special interest is how the Wahhab-Saud alliance has exported Wahhabism into the USA and throughout the world.

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BruceHH

Islam is Multi-faceted

by BruceHH on Mar 20, 2007

The Sub-title says it all. The book is about religious controversy within Islam. On the book cover are pictures eight people, but you meet more than them in this work. The eight are used as the core of each of the chapters but others are brought in as there relationships are explored. They are used to introduce other individuals and the issues that they address. There is a wide spectrum one meets. There is the scholar who calls for a more modern, rational interpretation of the Koran and Hadith. We also meet the feminist who advocates for women?s rights within Islam and confronts discrimination in the mosque her father helped build. There are the mystics who see God everywhere. We read about the publisher who understands the different views of Arab-America and is a political power in his own right. One chapter is on one an individual deported for being a webmaster who helped maintain anti-American websites fostering a combatant Islam. We also find the African American Imam who drove drug pushers away from a section of New York City, reminiscent of what some churches have done. The last chapter is on the activist who was for a brief time an extremist but has since developed a website to oppose the ?ultraconservative Muslim agenda. The book is a very easy, quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it is a useful work for the study of Islam and, in comparison, the study of religion in general

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