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
     
 

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974524566
Publisher:
White Cloud Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
210,825
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Everyday Islam: How Muslims Practice Their Religion 5

Chapter 2 Some Basic Islamic Concepts and How Islam Fits into the Judeo-Christian Tradition 33

Chapter 3 The Story of an Arab, an Angel, and the God of Abraham: Muhammad and the Birth of Islam 48

Chapter 4 The Qur'an: What It Is and Why Quoting It Can Be Problematic 62

Chapter 5 Who's Who in Islam: From Ayatollahs to Whirling Dervishes 83

Chapter 6 Religious Hierarchy: Who Makes the Rules in Islam? 99

Chapter 7 Women in Islam: Marriage, Divorce, Polygamy, and that Veil Thing 117

Chapter 8 Jihad and Fundamentalism: Not the Same 167

Chapter 9 Theft and Adultery in Islam: Reflections on Disney's Aladdin 198

Chapter 10 An American Muslim Reaction to September 11th 210

Chapter 11 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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