Being Muslim (Groundwork Guides Series) / Edition 2

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There has been a flood of books about Islam. There are books by Muslims for fellow believers, denying the problems that do exist or claiming to fix them by battling for the "soul" of Islam. There are anti-Islamic tracts galore. There are books with breathless titles meant to scare us about terrorism. There are political tomes for political insiders, diplomats and academics.

This book is a cross-cultural attempt to bridge many of these different worlds. Based on the author's travels in Muslim lands and his interviews with experts there and in the West, the book summarizes the impact of terrorism on Muslims; explains how Islam is interwoven into the daily lives of ordinary Muslims, regardless of where they live; dissects Western discourse, especially the media's, on Islam and Muslims; and tackles all the controversial topics, from terrorism to the treatment of women. It ends with the hope that, despite the current misunderstandings, there are reasons to expect a future of mutual understanding.

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Adult/High School-This balanced, concise book is an excellent resource for social studies or debate class. Siddiqui explores the current political, religious, and secular aspects of being a member of the world's fastest-growing religion. He challenges Western assumptions about Islam and assigns blame to both the West and Islamic fundamentalists for fanning the flames of Islamophobia. Although he tackles stereotypes, the author is not a Muslim apologist-he describes the tenets of the religion in objective, non-proselytizing prose, acknowledging the need for reforms while explaining that most oppression of women results from traditional cultural practices rather than Islamic teachings. Siddiqui acknowledges the desperate living conditions many Muslims endure in the developing world, emphasizing the need to address these circumstances instead of offering them as a valid excuse for violence. He describes what post-9/11 life has been like for Muslims in the United States, in Europe, and in Muslim countries. Sidebars illustrate Islamic contributions to popular culture (e.g., Muslim stand-up comics and hip-hop artists), and the index, notes, bibliography, and illustrative charts are all useful. The author's tone is conversational and engaging, and frequent breaks in the text make this small book very readable.-Sondra VanderPloeg, Tracy Memorial Library, New London, NH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888998873
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Groundwork Guides Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 785,011
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

The Politics     9
Under Siege     9
Islamophobia     20
The Muslim Malaise     26
European Muslims     38
A Den of Discrimination     38
Rushdie to van Gogh to Cartoons     46
The Hijab Debate     52
The Faith     56
A Living Faith     56
Declaration of Faith     57
Daily Prayers     58
Charity     65
Fasting     67
Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina     70
Halal and Haram     79
The Qur'an     83
The Prophet     87
Women     96
Image and Reality     96
The Qur'an and Women     100
Half Inheritance     102
Half Testimony     103
Domestic Violence     104
Honor Killings     106
Genital Mutilation     107
Adultery and Stoning     107
Polygamy     108
Divorce and Child Custody     110
Marrying Non-Muslims     112
The Qur'an and the Hijab     113
Muhammad and Women     115
Sharia and Women     117
Islamic Feminism     120
Jihad and Terrorism     126
The Qur'an and Jihad     128
Suicide Bombing     132
Jihad and Martyrdom     135
The Future     140
Notes     150
For Further Information     156
Acknowledgments     156
Index     157
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