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The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook

The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook

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by Dilara Hafiz, Imran Hafiz, Yasmine Hafiz

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How do you reconcile being a teenager in America with being a Muslim? It’s not as difficult as you think! The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook is a positive, fun, informative guide to being a Muslim teenager in America today. Covering everything from basic Islamic history and reading the Quran to drinking and dating, and filled with thoughts and


How do you reconcile being a teenager in America with being a Muslim? It’s not as difficult as you think! The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook is a positive, fun, informative guide to being a Muslim teenager in America today. Covering everything from basic Islamic history and reading the Quran to drinking and dating, and filled with thoughts and opinions from Muslim teenagers across the country, this is an indispensable primer, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to learning about and finding one’s place in American Islamic culture.

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"This is a terrific, personable, and useful book for young Muslims and for people of all ages and faiths, including the secular, who are still trying to figure out the difference between a great majority of actual American Muslims...and the crazed stereotypes generated by war headlines thousands of miles away." — Michael Wolfe, author of The Hadj and Taking Back Islam

"The slender volume aspires to nothing less than bridging a cultural chasm.... Amid its witty asides and tongue-in-cheek answers to multiple-choice questions, the handbook clearly stakes out a position for a moderate, flexible version of Islam, one that places a higher premium on moral intent than reflexive observance of every rule." — New York Times

"The first book of its kind.... The handbook exudes an American perspective, upbeat and non-judgmental. It encourages teens...to make their own responsible choices about their faith practices." — Christian Science Monitor

“Accessible, pitch-perfect for teens, and even fun, this handbook debunks myths and demystifies facts about Islam, the second-largest religion in the world and ‘the most misunderstood religion in America’…. This is an illuminating book that parents, teachers, faith leaders, mentors and youth workers will want to share with youth.”—Youth Today

"An essential addition to all high school and public library YA shelves."—School Library Journal

VOYA - Jenny Ingram
This book was originally self-published by a Muslim family living in Arizona who noticed the availability of books for Christian teenagers and wanted to develop something similar for Islam. They sent surveys to students at several Islamic schools in the United States and used the responses to help develop the content for this book. The wide scope of its audience makes this book uniquely American; it includes something for people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, immigrants, children of immigrants, converts to Islam, and non-Muslims who want to learn about the religion. In addition to providing a history of Islam and a description of its doctrines and practices, the book delves into questions about food, fashion, and dating that are pertinent to American teens. Several chapters conclude with an entertaining quiz to test the reader's knowledge, and comments from the respondents to the surveys as well as fast facts about Islam are interspersed with the text. The tone of the book is light without being disrespectful toward the seriousness of its subject, and through humor, the authors are able to take on some tough subjects that American Muslim teenagers face, particularly discrimination. The book is savvy enough that teens will browse it on their own, but it will also serve as a great educational tool. Reviewer: Jenny Ingram

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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5.58(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.45(d)
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12 - 18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad
"An important contribution for the education of young American Muslims providing important guidelines on becoming American and Muslim."--(Dr. Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Professor of the History of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, Georgetown University)
Paul Eppinger
"What a book! Filled with basic information about Islam in a very straightforward way, it then applies these religious truths to the life of a teenager. I wish every major faith had just such a book for teens of their faith. We could then share them and learn to understand and respect each other and work together to build peace in the world."--(Dr. Paul Eppinger, Executive Director - Arizona Interfaith Movement)
Reza Aslan
"What a delightful, hilarious, wonderful, beautiful book! I loved it!"--(Reza Aslan, author of No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam)
Shamshad Sheikh
I think it's one of the best books for our teenagers and new Muslims. The knowledge of Islam is clear and easy to understand. This book presents an intimate look at the lives of Muslims and the basic beliefs of Islam. Highly Recommended! (Shamshad Sheikh, Associate University Chaplain, Yale University)
Asma Afsaruddin
Being a Muslim teenager in America has become that much easier with the publication of this much-needed and timely book. Written in a highly engaging, non-preachy style, the Handbook offers American Muslim teens answers to practically every question that may occur to them conerning lifestyle issues and religious concerns. Strongly recommended for not only these teenagers but their parents as well. (Dr. Asma Afsaruddin, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Notre Dame)
Asma Gull Hasan
"There's no magic formula to be a successful teen, but this book is close. Read what other kids your age had to say about the same things, and use this book as a springboard to discuss these issues with your parents and friends... I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager. The most important lesson to learn is that your Islam is yours, not anyone else's-not your parents', your siblings', or that wacky uncle who lectures you on the Qur'an at every Eid."--(Asma Gull Hasan, author of American Muslims: The New Generation and Why I Am A Muslim: An American Odyssey)
Jeffrey Lang
"I believe it is a path-breaking and invaluable window into how some Muslim teens are coping with the challenges of growing up in the West. I found it both eye-opening and encouraging. It gives me hope for the future. As such, it is a must read for all who care about the future of Islam in the West."--(Dr. Jeffrey Lang, author of Struggling to Surrender, Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America, and Losing My Religion: A Call For Help)

Meet the Author

Dilara Hafiz was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She holds degrees from John Hopkins University and the London School of Economics. She has drawn upon her years of teaching weekend Islamic school, lecturing about Islam, and raising Muslim teenagers to contribute to The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook.

Imran Hafiz is a member of the Brophy College Preparatory Class of 2010. He frequently spends his time volunteering in the emergency department of one of the Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals in Arizona, in addition to being involved in school theater productions. Imran is also a member of his school's Weapons of Mass Percussion hand-drum club, and also enjoys playing guitar, piano, and traditional drums.

Yasmine Hafiz is a member of the Yale University's Class of 2012. She was a 2008 Presidential Scholar. An avid reader, she hopes to become involved in international relations as a career. Yasmine enjoys watching movies and listening to a wide variety of music.

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American Muslim Teenager's Handbook 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Positive insights into the Muslim faith along with explanations of some key concepts are provided in this book. The authors offer teens easy to follow guidance in keeping their faith and being Muslim in America. This handbook can also enlighten teens of other faiths about Muslim beliefs.
vicky94 More than 1 year ago
this book is so real, and i recommend everone read it muslim or non-muslim becuase it is so real and unique and points out the main obstacles, ideas, issues, problems, and discussions that any and every curious person may ask, actually all. It will answer all your quetion and make any muslim way much more confident.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A useless book. I bought this book thinking it would be good for my niece. However, it is full of misleading points that would cause more harm in her mind than help anything. I ended up not giving it to her. Waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago