American Muslims / Edition 2by Asma Gull Hasan
Pub. Date: 06/01/2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Twenty-five-year-old Asma Hasan describes herself as a Muslim feminist cowgirl (she was raised in Puebo, Colorado). Convinced that Muslim Americans are the victims of mistaken identity Hasan breaks through the stereotypes and generalizations to talk about the religion and the believers she knows from the inside.While the book provides a lot of basic information
Twenty-five-year-old Asma Hasan describes herself as a Muslim feminist cowgirl (she was raised in Puebo, Colorado). Convinced that Muslim Americans are the victims of mistaken identity Hasan breaks through the stereotypes and generalizations to talk about the religion and the believers she knows from the inside.While the book provides a lot of basic information about Islam in America, the major emphasis is on the sheer normalcy of American Muslims. Like other Americans, they are very keen on family values, religious freedom, and the opportunities the U. S. has always afforded new immigrants.Moreover, says Hasan, American Islam, as it grows and evolves, will offer a model to Islam in the rest of the world: a purer Islam, one more conscious of the difference between the essence of Islam and its accomodations to various cultures over time.
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A beautiful aspect of this book is that it provides good insight to everyone who reads it, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, parent or child, immigrant or American born. - Muslims who read the book can get a first hand look of the thoughts and opinions of a second generation Muslim woman who was raised in the U.S. - Non-Muslims who read the book can get good information about how diverse Muslims are, and that just like there is only one thing that unites all Americans, their adherence to the U.S. Constitution, there is only one thing that unites all Muslims, their adherence to the belief in only one god, Allah, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His messenger. - Parents can learn about how the experiences of Muslim children raised in the U.S., especially in public schools, shape and mold their views and opinions as adults. - Children/Adolescents growing up in the U.S. can compare their experiences with those of the author, and examine the reasons why some of the experiences are shared, and why some experiences may be different. - Immigrants get a measure of the significance of culture on youth, and how much culture can contribute to the resulting differences between the values of immigrants and the values of those raised in the U.S. - American born Muslims can take away many things from this book, including information about other Muslims of their generation, an identity of themselves as a group, and the beginning of a healthy dialogue between all members of the generation to build on what we have in common, our American experience, and the most important commonality, the belief that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His messenger. My sincere appreciation to the author for her hard work.
I was in the bookstore one day and I was searching for a book on Islam. Thankfully, I came across Asma Gull Hasan¿s American Muslims. After reading it I thought, finally, a personal account from a strong, educated Muslim woman! So many stereotypes fill our culture with misconceptions about Muslims in general. Miss Hasan is brave for speaking out and destroying the myth that all Muslim women are oppressed and submissive. This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the lives everyday American Muslims. She mixes humor, wit and intelligence to tell two stories¿her own personal story as the daughter of Pakistani immigrants and the story of Islam in America. She proves that American values (tolerance, freedom and basic human rights) are perfectly compatible with Islamic values and in fact pre-date them by at least 1400 years! (Example: the Koran gave women many rights that American women didn¿t receive until the early 20th century.) She defines the differences between true Islam and the oppressive, PRE-Islamic practices in some Muslims countries. Islam is not the problem. Culture is the culprit. This book is crucial in these times of misunderstanding and cultural gaps and it is young women like Hasan who are willing to build bridges and show people the true goal of Islam¿the unity and compassion for all mankind.