The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and That Veil Thing

The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and That Veil Thing

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by Sumbul Ali-Karamali
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0974524565

ISBN-13: 9780974524566

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: White Cloud Press

- Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Award 2009 -

Since 9/11, stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines, politics, and water-cooler conversations all across the country. And, although Americans hear about Islam on a daily basis, there remains no clear explanation of Islam or its people. The Muslim Next Door offers

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- Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Award 2009 -

Since 9/11, stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines, politics, and water-cooler conversations all across the country. And, although Americans hear about Islam on a daily basis, there remains no clear explanation of Islam or its people. The Muslim Next Door offers easy-to-understand yet academically sound answers to these questions while also dispelling commonly held misconceptions. Written from the point of view of an American Muslim, the book addresses what readers in the Western world are most curious about, beginning with the basics of Islam and how Muslims practice their religion before easing into more complicated issues like jihad, Islamic fundamentalism, and the status of women in Islam. Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali’s vivid anecdotes about growing up Muslim and female in the West, along with her sensitive, scholarly overview of Islam, combine for a uniquely insightful look at the world’s fastest growing religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974524566
Publisher:
White Cloud Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
222,533
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Everyday Islam: How Muslims Practice Their Religion     5
Some Basic Islamic Concepts and How Islam Fits into the Judeo-Christian Tradition     33
The Story of an Arab, an Angel, and the God of Abraham: Muhammad and the Birth of Islam     48
The Qur'an: What It Is and Why Quoting It Can Be Problematic     62
Who's Who in Islam: From Ayatollahs to Whirling Dervishes     83
Religious Hierarchy: Who Makes the Rules in Islam?     99
Women in Islam: Marriage, Divorce, Polygamy, and that Veil Thing     117
Jihad and Fundamentalism: Not the Same     167
Theft and Adultery in Islam: Reflections on Disney's Aladdin     198
An American Muslim Reaction to September 11th     210
Why the Misconceptions Persist: Separating the Reality from the Murky Mythology     217
Questions for Discussion     248
Chronology     249
Notes     255
Suggested Reading List     274
Index     279

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The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and That Veil Thing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Muslim faith was a little scary to me so I thought it was important to read this book and learn first hand about an American Muslim's experience. I was surprised how deeply Sumbul's straightforward expression of her beliefs touched me, since they were so much like mine, though I'm a Christian and former nun. I started to wish she really did live next door so we could compare ideas and share stories. I recommend this book as a good read, especially at this time in US and world history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully written book by an American Islamic legal scholar who writes about Islam in a light, conversational style that captured my attention and made we want to keep reading. Ali-Karamali cuts through much of the misunderstanding and misconception about Islam 'propogated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike' by often going directly to the verses of the Koran and placing the verses and their subsequent interpretation in the proper context. She is not afraid to take on difficult and controversial issues and presents a balanced perspective in areas where the authorities disagree. Despite the sometimes meaty topics covered, The Muslim Next Door is a pleasure to read because it is intermixed with anecdotes and examples of Muslim practices and customs -- overall, I was left with the impression of a pleasant and illuminating conversation with the author. I have tried reading quite a few other books about Islam, and have been unable to make it all the way through. Not the case with this one!
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