All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim

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Follow up work to White Cloud's successful and highly acclaimed May 2011 book I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. With this second book in the I Speak For Myself series, American Muslim men speak out on their lives and how their Muslim beliefs play out in private and on the public stage. Contributors include high profile figures in the American Muslim community, representing a new generation that is making a profound impact inside and outside the Muslim world.

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Overview

Follow up work to White Cloud's successful and highly acclaimed May 2011 book I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. With this second book in the I Speak For Myself series, American Muslim men speak out on their lives and how their Muslim beliefs play out in private and on the public stage. Contributors include high profile figures in the American Muslim community, representing a new generation that is making a profound impact inside and outside the Muslim world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This latest volume in the I Speak for Myself series offers short, readable, personal essays by 45 men on being Muslim in America. Some were born into the faith, others converted, and they are an amazing variety of ethnicities and races. But they are all self-aware, happy with their faith, and as American as every other New York Yankees fan or kid who grew up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These men have followed different faith journeys, and their stories introduce readers to the diverse branches within Islam. This simple, friendly, and necessary book belongs on high school and public library shelves. Would it could be required reading for the half of Americans who have an unfavorable view of Islam. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935952596
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: I SPEAK FOR MYSELF Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Wajahat Ali (playwright) is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. Ali’s essays and interviews on contemporary affairs, politics, the media, popular culture and religion frequently appear in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, Slate, Wall Street Journal Blog, Huffington Post, and CNN.  

Zahra Suratwala is President/CEO of Zahra Ink, Incorporated, a writing and marketing firm that works with organizations across the globe. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Congressman Keith Ellison is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is the first Black Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress and the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota. He is also the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and one of the organizers behind the 1995 Million Man March.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Keith M. Ellison xi

Introduction Wajahat M. Ali xiii

The Faith that Faith Produced Haroon Moghul 1

Pop Culture Matters Svend White 6

Disable Your Cloaking Device Jason Moy 13

Lying to Myself Aman Ali 18

In this City by the Lake Amer Ahmed 23

re: Location | re: Definition Mark Gonzales 29

On Baseball and Islam in American Shahzad Husain Abbas 34

The Imam: American Man, Muslim and Gay Daayiee Abdullah 40

If All the Trees of the World were Pens Hussein Rashid 46

The Day I Left Islam Adisa Banjoko 52

Oh Good, I Thought You Were Jew Jason van Boom 58

On My Knees Fares Alhassen 63

Creating a New Normal Shahed Amanullah 69

Memories of a Mighty Mite Muslim Shakeer Abdullah 75

Manhood Baraka Blue 80

Stepping Across the Gender Divide Tynan Power 86

Integration, not Assimilation Aziz H. Poonawalla 91

The War of Art in the Muslim Community Kamran Pasha 96

My Political Agnosticism David Barker 101

Wading Through the Seas of Contention Dawud Walid 106

All Eyes on Me Hasan Minhaj 110

Faith and Politics at Obama for America Mazen Asbahi 115

Undefined Aziz Hasan 122

The Exodus of Fear: Redefining Patriotism Through Legacy Sami H. Elmansoury 127

Finding Myself in Tears Justin Mashouf 133

Coming Home Mohamed Geraldez 138

Muslim After Midnight Obaid H. Siddiqui 144

My Detroit Surah Khaled A. Beydoun 149

So, How's it Going? Sameer Sarmast 154

Touchdowns and Taqwa Ibrahim Abdul-Matin 159

For God and Country Suhail A. Khan 164

Stranger in a Stranger Land Aamer H. Jamali 170

The Good Fight Umair Khan 175

The Walk Wahid Momand 181

Searching for Ummah Ehab Zahriyeh 186

The Trouble Maker Irfan Rydhan 192

My Moment of Clarity Kofi Rashid 198

Yes, You Can Atif Moon 204

A Call to Duty Basim Elkarra 209

Finding My Purpose Abid Husain 215

Think Greatness Preacher Moss 219

Parrot on My Shoulder Rashid Dar 224

Towards a Compassionate and Accepting Orthodoxy Omar Suleiman 229

Veering off the Roadmap Humza Ilyas 235

From Islam to Islam Michael Muhammad Knight 240

Glossary 247

Questions for Discussion 253

About the Editors 255

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