Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam

Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam

by Sumbul Ali-Karamali


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Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali offers her personal account, discussing the many and varied questions she fielded from curious friends and schoolmates while growing up in Southern California—from diet, to dress, to prayer and holidays and everything in between. She also provides an academically reliable introduction to Islam, addressing its inception, development and current demographics.

Through this engaging work, readers will gain a better understanding of the everyday aspects of Muslim American life, to dispel many of the misconceptions that still remain and open a dialogue for tolerance and acceptance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385740968
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 495,388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

SUMBUL ALI-KARAMALI grew up in Southern California, answering questions about Islam. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a J. D. from the University of California at Davis, and a graduate degree in Islamic Law from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. She has served as a teaching assistant in Islamic Law at SOAS and a research associate at the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law in London. Her highly praised adult book is The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, an academically reliable introduction to what Muslims believe and practice, but one written in the personal, anecdotal, everyday context of growing up Muslim in America.

Table of Contents

Part I Muslim Beliefs and Practices (or, What It's Like to Grow Up Muslim in California)

1 Starting with the Basics: What Do Muslims Eat? 3

2 Definitions and the Declaration of Faith 16

3 How Many Times a Day Do You Pray? 22

4 Fasting: The Ultimate Internal Conflict 42

5 Holidays: From Turkey Dinner to Baklava 62

6 Donating to Charity 79

7 A Muslim Pilgrim's Progress 83

8 Everyday Rules of Behavior for Muslims 92

9 Fashion Sense (or, What Muslims Wear) 100

10 Relationships Between Men and Women (or, Can I Go to the School Dance?) 111

Part II When Did Islam Start and How Did It Develop?

11 Muhammad and His Mission 119

12 How Muslims View the World: God, Angels, and Adam and Eve 134

13 The Basis of Islam: The Qur'an, the Sunnah, and the Shariah 142

14 From Sand Dunes to Spain: The Spread of Islam 155

Part III Modern Muslim Demographics

15 Who's Who: Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi, and More 173

16 Muslims: Who We Are and Where We Live 183

Notes 197

Bibliography 202

Index 208

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