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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    Islam Explained - An easy read to understand the true Islam

    Anyone who wants to understand what the true beliefs of Islam are should read this book. It is NOT about what you see on TV!! Turn off the soaps and Jerry Springer for about 90 minutes to read this book. What is the difference between 'Sunnis' and 'Shiites', read and find out. I read this on a library loan but am buying it for my home. In the times we live now, every American should have a basic understanding of Islam. This book is an easy and quick way to to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    Simple Message of Kindness and Tolerance

    Although this book was written to explain Islam to children, it is still aimed at the adults. He explains Islam¿s origin; its precepts of humility, generosity, and dignity; and, most importantly for Ben Jelloun, its hunger for and openness to knowledge. The author employs a dialogic format to make essentially three main points in the book: (1) There is one God and he is supremely merciful and just; (2) Do not confuse and conflate politics with religion (imagine one who said all Christians are like the Pope... not!); and (3) Show some tolerance toward women and other races and the downtrodden. He strongly leans toward modernizing Islam to allow women more choices, using Muhammad's wife, Khadija, as a model for 21st century Muslim women. Ben Jelloun is careful to distinguish the political realities of all the various nations who are predominantly Muslim now, citing Tunisia as a guide to illustrate his three main points above. It's a fine effort and can be easily read in about twenty minutes.

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