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Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith

Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith

by Michael Wolfe, Producers of Beliefnet
     
 

ISBN-10: 1579549888

ISBN-13: 9781579549886

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.

In the Months After September 11... American Muslims heard the familiar tenets of Islam being defined by others. From the Capitol to the pulpit, on televison and in the classroom, commentators, politicians, and scholars were busy telling Muslims the "real meaning" of Islam. Western Muslims knew something had to be done or Islam might be tarnished, even corrupted. They

Overview

In the Months After September 11... American Muslims heard the familiar tenets of Islam being defined by others. From the Capitol to the pulpit, on televison and in the classroom, commentators, politicians, and scholars were busy telling Muslims the "real meaning" of Islam. Western Muslims knew something had to be done or Islam might be tarnished, even corrupted. They gathered informally to discuss the past, the present, and how things ought to be. Over time, they began to conceive, voice, and finally put to paper ideas about how they might define Islam in this century. In the years since September 11, American Muslims began to do something extraordinary. They began to reclaim the core values of Islam. Taking Back Islam is a bold collection of voices -- from Karen Armstrong, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Ingrid Mattson to Kabir Helminski, Michael Wolfe, and Arsalan Tariq Iftikhar -- in the vanguard of the faith. These men and women remain devout and utterly convinced of Islam's power to help create a just, ordered, and beautiful world but are also unafraid to be critical of those who would distort Islam for violent or political ends. Many of these writers are American Muslims who benefit from a commitment to democratic pluralism as well as to Islam. The unique nature and strength of these voices, fueled by a strong desire to tap the best traditions within Islam, offer hope for rescuing a faith that has been injured from within by extremists and demonized from without by Western culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579549886
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Why Now? An introductionxi
American Muslims' Special Obligation1
A Time For Renewal6
Has Islam Been Hijacked?11
The Muslim Vanguard: An Interview With Farid Esack15
Violence25
Is Islam Violent?27
Peaceful Jihad33
Six Myths About Islam40
How Muslims Can Combat Terror and Violence49
Democracy55
Can Religious States Be Democratic?57
Islamic Democracies62
Being Muslim, Being American After 9/1167
The Rising Voice of Moderate Muslims76
No More Simplistic Answers: An Interview with Taha Jabir Alalwani82
Women and Islam89
Rethinking Women's Issues in Muslim Communities91
Born in The U.S.A.99
Muhammad's Legacy for Women105
Why Every Mosque Should Be Woman-Friendly108
Abuse, Polygamy, Exclusion: Three Stories of American Muslim Women111
Halal, Haram, and Sex and The City117
"You Seem So Intelligent. Why Are You A Muslim?"122
The African-American Experience127
"Oh, Allah, Operate on Us!": Islam and the Legacy of American Slavery129
African-American, Muslim, and Loyal to the U.S.136
Prison and the Struggle for Dignity141
Muhammad Ali: The Reassuring Face of American Islam146
Muslims, Christians, and Jews151
Islam: A Broad Perspective on Other Faiths153
Jesus Through A Muslim Lens158
Why I Love the Ten Commandments163
"Mom Raised Me as A Zionist"165
Culture169
What Makes Rumi Whirl? An Interview with Kabir Helminski171
The Tongues of Poets: Shakespeare, Whitman, and Rumi178
Islam Sings182
Yes, There is Such A Thing as Muslim Humor188
Practicing Vibrant Islam in America191
Mosques Take Root in American Soil193
The Fight For the Soul of Islam in America196
Naked and Vulnerable on Ramadan203
The Real Mecca206
Hajj in A Time of War: An Interview with Moulana Ebrahim Moosa214
Have Qur'an, Will Travel218
Why I Love Being Muslim223
I Believe in Allah and America225
A Basketball Player Finds Peace: An Interview with Hakeem Olajuwon228
My Odyssey to Islam233
"You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody"237

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