Red, White, and Muslim: My Story of Belief

Red, White, and Muslim: My Story of Belief

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by Asma Gull Hasan
     
 

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An Inspiring Account of One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Spiritual and Cultural Identity

For Asma Hasan, being a Muslim is not merely a matter of birth, but a matter of choice and faith. Hasan's personal relationship with her religion was, and continues to be, a defining element of her life, and through her writing she inspires a new understanding and

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An Inspiring Account of One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Spiritual and Cultural Identity

For Asma Hasan, being a Muslim is not merely a matter of birth, but a matter of choice and faith. Hasan's personal relationship with her religion was, and continues to be, a defining element of her life, and through her writing she inspires a new understanding and appreciation of a frequently misunderstood tradition. This is her American story.

Editorial Reviews

Fareed Zakaria
“Asma Hasan will rock your stereotypes about Islam in this refreshing book. Here is a young woman who embraces Islam, modernity, America, her family, and her friends -- all with enthusiasm and commitment. She sees no contradictions between them and, after you have read this book, neither will you.”
Reza Aslan
“A warm, witty, wonderful story about what it means to be both Muslim and American in a post-9/11 world. This is a book that every American should read.”
Rabbi & author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life - Irwin Kula
"With insight, integrity, passion, and eloquence Hasan shares her personal journey as a proud American Muslim and in doing so breaks our stereotypes, melts our fears, nurtures our hopes, and enlightens our minds and hearts."
Yossi Klein Halevi
“With passion and humor and wisdom, Asma Hasan compellingly explains why the seeming contradictions of her life as a traditional Muslim and a modern American are no contradiction at all. Asma Hasan not only loves Islam; she embodies the Islam of love.”
Jack Miles
“...lively and authentic...At a dark hour, this book is a piece of bright and cheering news.”
John L. Esposito
“The life and reflections of this bright, talented, dynamic young Muslim woman are an excellent example of the fact that for many Muslims today Islam is a source of meaning, guidance and joy in their lives.”
Noah Feldman
“Honest, disarmingly open, and sparkling with the author’s radiance and intelligence, Red, White, and Muslim opens a window to a world of faith, reason, and questioning that is distinctively American and Muslim at the same time.”
Doctor - Maher Hathout
"A refreshing book showing Islam through the eyes of a bright Muslim woman in America. Asma is sincere in expressing her own vision with eloquence, integrity, and passion for her beliefs."
Ranya Idliby
“Asma passionately shares with us her personal story and through her compelling voice, the reader connects to a convincing universal Muslim story of belief.”
Rabbi Irwin Kula. author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
“With insight, integrity, passion, and eloquence Hasan shares her personal journey as a proud American Muslim and in doing so breaks our stereotypes, melts our fears, nurtures our hopes, and enlightens our minds and hearts.”
Dr. Maher Hathout
“A refreshing book showing Islam through the eyes of a bright Muslim woman in America. Asma is sincere in expressing her own vision with eloquence, integrity, and passion for her beliefs.”
USA Today
“Hasan makes for a disarming spokeswoman.”
Spirituality & Health
“In her last lively book, Asma Hasan called herself a ‘Muslim feminist cowgirl’ — referring to her years in Pueblo, Colorado. In this follow-up work that mixes autobiography with feisty insights into Islam and the many misconceptions people have about it, the author demonstrates the spiritual practice of enthusiasm...”
Religion News Service
“Hasan’s writing is a useful beacon for American Muslims who may be struggling to articulate their identities as both Americans and Muslims.”
Kansas City Star
“Hasan offers here another much-needed voice from Islam, one that is clear, rational and profoundly American.”
Publishers Weekly

Americans looking for a strong, moderate Muslim voice that publicly condemns terrorism and the second-class status of women should consider it done-not once and for all, but nonetheless consistently and fiercely. Hasan, an American Muslim woman whose efforts to inform others about the Islam that she practices and to correct narrow-minded extremists have earned her regular appearances on Fox News and MSNBC, has revised Why I Am a Muslim(2004), adding fresh material. Its arguments, based in Hasan's personal experience and religious knowledge, are as relevant now as they were five years ago. The book is directed primarily at non-Muslim Americans to show them Qur'anic texts and Islamic beliefs and practices that challenge unfavorable stereotypes. But Hasan also takes on her fellow Muslims, urging them to distinguish cultural mores from religious orthodoxy, especially concerning the treatment of women. That she continues to face such oppressive interpretations of Islam by other Muslims undermines her arguments that Islam is "not like that." But readers will wish that she and others continue with such courageous correctives. (Mar. 1)

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Library Journal

Like many young Americans, Hasan wrestled to balance her family's religious tradition with broader American cultural forces. In Hasan's case, this meant maturing in the turmoil after 9/11 as a wealthy Pakistani American. Hasan wrote two books to clarify and defend her identity: American Muslims: The New Generation(2000) and Why I Am a Muslim(2004). Now she has moved to mysticism. Introduced to Sufism in a Wellesley College class, Hasan was smitten by this faith, which is (arguably) Islamic but also individualistic, flexible about external disciplines (such as dress), and open-minded about other creeds. Just as some Americans turn to New Age beliefs or to Kabbalah, Hasan has found a way to be spiritual without following rigid traditions associated with particular religions. Unfortunately, Hasan seems unaware of the significance of her conversion. The book also suffers from disjointed chapters and a jerky, juvenile style. For broader understanding of Muslim Americans, try books by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and/or Azadeh Moaveni. Recommended only for large public libraries or those with special interests in Islam.
—Lisa Klopfer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061673757
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
728,453
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Yossi Klein Halevi
“With passion and humor and wisdom, Asma Hasan compellingly explains why the seeming contradictions of her life as a traditional Muslim and a modern American are no contradiction at all. Asma Hasan not only loves Islam; she embodies the Islam of love.”
Fareed Zakaria
“Asma Hasan will rock your stereotypes about Islam in this refreshing book. Here is a young woman who embraces Islam, modernity, America, her family, and her friends — all with enthusiasm and commitment. She sees no contradictions between them and, after you have read this book, neither will you.”
Jack Miles
“...lively and authentic...At a dark hour, this book is a piece of bright and cheering news.”
Ranya Idliby
“Asma passionately shares with us her personal story and through her compelling voice, the reader connects to a convincing universal Muslim story of belief.”
John L. Esposito
“The life and reflections of this bright, talented, dynamic young Muslim woman are an excellent example of the fact that for many Muslims today Islam is a source of meaning, guidance and joy in their lives.”
Reza Aslan
“A warm, witty, wonderful story about what it means to be both Muslim and American in a post-9/11 world. This is a book that every American should read.”
Noah Feldman
“Honest, disarmingly open, and sparkling with the author’s radiance and intelligence, Red, White, and Muslim opens a window to a world of faith, reason, and questioning that is distinctively American and Muslim at the same time.”
Maher Hathout
“A refreshing book showing Islam through the eyes of a bright Muslim woman in America. Asma is sincere in expressing her own vision with eloquence, integrity, and passion for her beliefs.”

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