The Last Moderate Muslim

The Last Moderate Muslim

by Sam Wazan



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ISBN-13: 9781479389476
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

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DrewHerring More than 1 year ago
The words that stuck with me the most during a month of travel and conversation in the Middle East :"There are no bad religions, only bad people." Whether you agree with the statement or not, it puts a human face on our religious categories. This is the beauty of "The Last Moderate Muslim." Wazan is able to open minds through storytelling in ways that rarely happen in our media. Rather than merely seeing victim,perpetrators, and their respective religions, the reader is exposed to the hopes,dreams, fears and anxieties of individuals and their communities at war. We take this journey through the eyes, ears, and heart of Ziad, the main character. It is a depressing, gut-wrenching, graphic, hilarious, and inspiring read as Ziad walks through religion, family dynamics, young love, and sniper fire. It will interrogate and expand your religious and social imaginations. Well done Osama.
EchoJM More than 1 year ago
Even having prior military experience and study on the subject, “The Last Moderate Muslim” helps even more to understand the complexity of the situation in the Arab/Muslim culture. In his book Osama provides a very unique insight for people in the US and abroad to understand better what is really going on inside the minds and the family of the young men and woman in that region of the world. I was very impressed in the openness, a “GUT” level honesty and openness that I have not seen in many writings. A lot of people want to share the hatred or love that a people have BUT never have I seen such a great story to illustrate the points of growth from many years of cultural upbringing, family pressures and religious pressures to enlightenment. I have had the opportunity to see things from many angles but ONLY because I was open enough to read, view all sides of the story. You see I was deployed to Afghanistan in the Special Forces and had the opportunity to meet several great people who have helped me to see that the world is not as black and white as I once though it was. I grew up in a very strict church where there was only one way to get to heaven and it was the way that it was, so I can see why some people have a one way mentality. But the extent of the conviction and drive in the US seem more superficial than in a Muslim country. Not that this is good or bad it’s just an observation of the dedication to one belief or another, the culture in which it is surrounded and nurtured day in and day out. And like in many situations it depends on the friends and family around you with their interpretations of the facts as they see them. Read and see how one young man becomes enlighten to another way of thinking through events in his life.
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