Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam

Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam

by Akbar Ahmed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815703872

ISBN-13: 9780815703877

Pub. Date: 06/11/2010

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

In 2007, the Brookings Institution Press published Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization. In that critically acclaimed book, Akbar Ahmed led a group of U.S. university students on a listening tour of the Islamic world, seeking to understand the experiences and perceptions of ordinary Muslims and their attitudes toward the West. Ahmed follows up that

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In 2007, the Brookings Institution Press published Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization. In that critically acclaimed book, Akbar Ahmed led a group of U.S. university students on a listening tour of the Islamic world, seeking to understand the experiences and perceptions of ordinary Muslims and their attitudes toward the West. Ahmed follows up that classic analysis with Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam, a fascinating travelogue that presents a thoughtful and reflective examination of American identity, the Muslim experience in America, and how each has affected the other.

In Journey into America, Ahmed and his cohorts travel throughout the United States, much as they traveled through the Middle East and South Asia for the previous book.They speak to ordinary citizens, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, trying to discern exactly what is American identity? How do Muslims fit into that picture, and how has the U.S. Muslim experience changed over the years, particularly in the wake of September 11? And how is the picture changing today? Ahmed paints a mixed picture but still sees the largely pluralist society hopefully anticipated by Thomas Jefferson.

"I have not read a work as insightful, erudite, and innovative on the challenge of American identity since Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Akbar Ahmed sets a new paradigm in the ongoing debate on defining American identity."
-- Melody Fox, Berkley Center at Georgetown University

"One of the most exciting and readable accounts not only of Muslim life in the U.S. but of the context of American history more broadly. I have learned a great deal about my own country through Akbar Ahmed's eyes."-- Lawrence Rosen, Princeton University

List of Contents
1. Muslim Odyssey
2. Defining American Identity
3. Searching for American Identity
4. First Muslims: "Christian by Day, Muslim by Night"
5. Muslim Converts: Seeking God in the Land of Plenty
6. Immigrant Muslims: Living the American Dream/American Nightmare
7. The Jews as Champions of American Pluralism
8. Mormons and Muslims
9. Shame and Honor in a Time of Excess
10. The Importance of Being America

Praise for Journey into Islam (2007)
"A fascinating account of how [Ahmed] and his students braved danger to build mutual understanding." -- Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815703877
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
06/11/2010
Pages:
530
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Muslim Odyssey

PART 1: AMERICAN IDENTITY

Chapter 2: Searching for American Identity

Chapter 3: Defining American Identity

PART 2: ISLAM IN AMERICA

Chapter 4: African Americans as First Muslims

Chapter 5: Immigrant Muslims: Living the American Dream/American Nightmare

Chapter 6: Muslim Converts: Shame and Honor in a Time of Excess

PART 3: ADJUSTING AND ADAPTING

Chapter 7: Jews and Muslims: Bridging a Great Divide

Chapter 8: Mormons and Muslims: Getting to Know You

Chapter 9: The Importance of Being America

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