A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith

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A conservative American Muslim and former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander provides an alternate voice to radical Islam.Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is a unique individual: a devout Muslim and patriotic American who recognizes the potentially dangerous elements of his own religion. In A Battle for the Soul of Islam, he offers a way for Muslims to dismantle the radical element of Islam—exposing the malaise of Islamic supremacists, showing how their philosophy, terrorism, and push for worldwide law threatens to undermine the...
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Overview


A conservative American Muslim and former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander provides an alternate voice to radical Islam.Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is a unique individual: a devout Muslim and patriotic American who recognizes the potentially dangerous elements of his own religion. In A Battle for the Soul of Islam, he offers a way for Muslims to dismantle the radical element of Islam—exposing the malaise of Islamic supremacists, showing how their philosophy, terrorism, and push for worldwide law threatens to undermine the very foundations of secular nations throughout the Western world.

Jasser embraces his faith and his country with equal fervor, and he is not afraid to decry draconian, misogynist Shar'iah law that mandates beheadings and stonings for such crimes as apostasy and adultery. Dr. Jasser asks the tough questions about radical Islam, suggesting Muslims separate mosque and state, thus paving the way for moderate Islam to take hold.

Indispensable, thought-provoking, and highly informative, A Battle for the Soul of Islam is a must-read for the millions of people who want to understand how Muslims can defeat radical Islam, and create Middle Eastern governments devoted to principles of liberty and human rights.

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In this impassioned tome, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser answers the query, "Can a good Muslim be a good American as well?" For the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, the answer is strongly affirmative. This vigorous critic that virulent political Islamist movements betray both religious values and principles of modernity and universal equality.

Publishers Weekly
Jasser, a medical doctor, Navy veteran, and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, attempts to cast light on the “war on terror” in this book. He makes his own condition central to his writing, settling scores with those who have crossed him—from his father all the way up to President Obama himself, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder, author Reza Aslan, an old family friend (unnamed), his local Muslim newspaper and mosques, and more. According to Jasser, Obama passed him up for an all-but-confirmed appointment to a public diplomacy council in favor of his own campaign donors. Jasser also fails to delineate policy solutions or distinguish between Arab culture versus true Islam. Other than his personal life, Jasser offers no proper research; for instance, he devotes an entire chapter to attacking the much admired Congressman Keith Ellison, solely on the unproven basis that Islamists are funding Ellison. Although this book has a few nuggets, such as Jasser’s description of his use of the Syrian-American community network to find a wife, it is, overall, anecdotal and alarmist. (June)
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"Zuhdi Jasser is a brave American patriot, a faithful Muslim and a good man. Dr. Jasser's Battle for the Soul of Islam proposes a cure for one of the greatest problems facing the world today: the violence and extremism of radical Islam." —Mark R. Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Ameritopia

"Dr. Jasser is one of the most courageous and relentless pursuers of truth and freedom in the Muslim world. Battle for the Soul of Islam takes you beyond the sound bites to show you what it really means to be a moderate Muslim fighting against those who have perverted your religion.” —Glenn Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Being George Washington

"A candid, patriotic pushback against Muslim stereotyping...a strident call to energize Muslim Americans to promote notions of pluralism, toleration and equal rights for women." —Kirkus

"Dr. Jasser is an American hero in the war radical Islam has declared on us. Whether we prevail in this long war may very well depend on how closely we listen to him." —William J. Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Man and former US Secretary of Education

Kirkus Reviews
A candid, patriotic pushback against Muslim stereotyping by a deeply anti-Islamist Navy veteran and physician in Arizona. Born in 1967 to Syrian refugees in Ohio, raised in Wisconsin, a committed conservative and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Jasser has been moved to speak out by what he believes is the Muslim community's inadequate stand against Islamist terrorism and political tribalism. He believes in the separation of mosque and state and is often horrified to hear Muslim Americans assert the supremacy of the Qur'an over the principles of the U.S. Constitution. He details his background and family, including his unease serving in the Navy, which was dominated by a hard-drinking, womanizing culture while he was abstemious and chaste, according to his religion; and his early professional tensions with his physician father, who was overbearing, proud and disputatious. Married in a traditional fashion to another high-achieving young Syrian American, Jasser settled down to start a family and private practice in Phoenix as a primary care physician, chosen as part of his dedication to the "holistic appreciation of the patient" urged by his Islamic faith. The attacks of 9/11 shattered his complacency, and Jasser looks hard at the Arab responses, dictated by what he sees as lingering effects of tribalism. He weighs the eerie parallels between himself and the Army psychiatrist who went on a murderous shooting spree at Fort Hood, a tragedy he blames on Islamist ideology. Branded an "Uncle Tom Muslim," Jasser spoke to the House Committee on Homeland Security against what he calls "PC blindness" to the threat. His paranoia aside, the author draws from his father's own translations of the Qur'an for an intelligent reassessment of its message along the lines of Jeffersonian democracy. A strident call to energize Muslim Americans to promote notions of pluralism, toleration and equal rights for women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451657944
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition description: Threshold Editions
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 969,018
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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M. Zuhdi Jasser is the founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). Dr. Jasser is a first generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Assad regime of Syria in the mid-1960s for American freedom. A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the foundation principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Muslim in America 23

1 American Patriots from Syria 25

2 Two Islams 51

3 A Muslim in the U.S. Navy 77

4 Islam in My Life 93

Part II America and Islam After 9/11 109

5 Changing the Paradigm 111

6 Arab Responses to 9/11 133

7 American Responses to Fort Hood 147

8 The Threat of Homegrown Islamic Radicalism 171

9 Engaging Congressman Ellison and the Islamists 201

Part III Islam and Islamism Today 217

10 Defeating Political Islam 219

11 How the Qur'an Is Misinterpreted 241

12 An Islam Compatible with American Principles 267

Epilogue: A Letter to My Children 283

Acknowledgments 291

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