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Among the unsettling social shifts in the wake of 9/11 was the global attention paid to Islam. Here in the United States, we became divided, often sadly along partisan lines, between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who believed no Muslim could do wrong.
For conservative Wisconsin native and former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, these radical times meant facing a new reality as a devout Muslim and a patriot—a certain betrayal within his faith, and a need to answer a question that crossed the minds of even the most sensitive and politically correct: “Can a good Muslim be a good American as well?” Jasser founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) to instill in young American Muslims an appreciation for the distinctively positive impact that this nation’s ideals of liberty have had upon the world. As a nationally recognized expert on Muslim radicalization, he offers non-Muslims a definitive comprehension of the difference between Islam and the spiritual cancer known as Islamism, or political Islam, and how violence and extremism run counter to Islam’s true teachings. As he persuasively argues, until we acknowledge the threat of Islamism in all its forms, the majority of Americans will be gulled into recognizing only the most obvious: terrorism.
In A Battle for the Soul of Islam, Jasser embraces both his faith and his country while asking hard questions:
* Are American Muslim children learning entitlement as victims, or are they being taught individual responsibility and critical thinking?
* Are poisonous conspiracy theories dividing their American identity, or are they gaining exposure to reason, nationalism, and patriotism?
* Are Muslims publicly critical of the Islamist movements of the Middle East, or do they remain silent on aspects of religious doctrine that conflict with modernity and universal equality?
* Is the American press downplaying the seditious threat of homegrown Islamist radicalism and the influence of Islamists’ propaganda arm on our governmental policies?
* Is our culture of political correctness a major obstacle toward long-overdue Muslim reform against Islamism?
All these years after 9/11, it’s time for us to understand the true threat of Islamism. It is a Muslim problem that needs a Muslim solution, and A Battle for the Soul of Islam builds a solid, balanced, and imperative must-read foundation for the fight.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Part I Muslim in America 23
1 American Patriots from Syria 25
2 Two Islams 51
3 A Muslim in the U.S. Navy 77
4 Islam in My Life 93
Part II America and Islam After 9/11 109
5 Changing the Paradigm 111
6 Arab Responses to 9/11 133
7 American Responses to Fort Hood 147
8 The Threat of Homegrown Islamic Radicalism 171
9 Engaging Congressman Ellison and the Islamists 201
Part III Islam and Islamism Today 217
10 Defeating Political Islam 219
11 How the Qur'an Is Misinterpreted 241
12 An Islam Compatible with American Principles 267
Epilogue: A Letter to My Children 283
What People are Saying About This
"Zuhdi Jasser is a brave American patriot, a faithful Muslim and a good man. Dr. Jasser's Battle for the Soul of Islam proposes a cure for one of the greatest problems facing the world today: the violence and extremism of radical Islam." Mark R. Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Ameritopia
"Dr. Jasser is one of the most courageous and relentless pursuers of truth and freedom in the Muslim world. Battle for the Soul of Islam takes you beyond the sound bites to show you what it really means to be a moderate Muslim fighting against those who have perverted your religion.” Glenn Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Being George Washington
"A candid, patriotic pushback against Muslim stereotyping...a strident call to energize Muslim Americans to promote notions of pluralism, toleration and equal rights for women." Kirkus
"Dr. Jasser is an American hero in the war radical Islam has declared on us. Whether we prevail in this long war may very well depend on how closely we listen to him." William J. Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Man and former US Secretary of Education