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181. Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East: Second Edition
by Donna Lee Bowen, Evelyn A. Early
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Catlog: Book (2002-01)
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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From reviews of the first edition:

"[An] extremely interesting and innovative study which, in its own way, successfully challenges the pervasive misperception of the Middle East simply as a conflict-prone region."--Journal of Islamic Studies

". . . provides useful background reading for introductory courses to everyday history of the Middle East."--Journal of Palestine Studies

" . . . presents a grassroots look at what it is like to actually live in the Muslim Middle East . . . from Aghanistan and Iran to Morocco.[It] shows how religion is an important part, but not the sole part, of these people's lives."--Middle East Insight

Newly revised and updated to reflect recent changes in Middle East politics and society, the 35 stories, poems, and essays in this anthology will engage students and scholars of this vast and complex region. ... Read more

182. Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation.
by Ahmed Ali
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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This bilingual edition of the Qur'an, the Holy Book of Islam, was first published in the United States in 1988. Ahmed Ali, the distinguished Pakistani novelist, poet, critic, and diplomat, presents this elegant and poetic translation in a contemporary and living voice. On each page, the original Arabic and the translated English sit side by side, encouraging the reader to draw from both texts. Professor Ali also includes notes where necessary, providing the full meaning of each word and phrase. This accessible volume is truly essential for both scholars and followers of Islam.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A translation of the Qur'an that can be read for pleasure.
Serious study of the Qur'an requires an understanding of Arabic and the Arabic text. There is simply no substitute for the scholar. Even the most literal translation will never be precise enough.

But to read the Qur'an and be impacted by its message, one only needs a faithful translation. The English of this translation is the best. Having read many translations of the Qur'an, this is my favorite. While reading this Qur'an, I find it possible to forget that it is a foreign book. I find myself reading the Qur'an because I enjoy it. With other translations I had to force myself to read out of a sense of duty.

One note of caution. The English of this book is scholarly. This is not a translation for young children. A well read adult will find it a pleasure to read. A middle school child may need to have an English dictionary nearby.

Another review attacked this translation for not being literal enough. I find this attack groundless. We already have the Qur'an in good Arabic. Now, thanks to Ahmed Ali, we have it in good English.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and respectful translation, but needs commentary
Ahmed Ali has done a wonderful job attempting to present the initimable beauty of the Qur'an in English. His command of modern English idiom makes this translation easier to read for contemporary audiences. The only area where there is a notable weakness is the lack of extensive commentary which can place the verses in historical context and expalin issues such as jihad, women's rights etc. as they have been analyzed over 1400 years.

I have found that non-Muslims who read a translation which lacks such historical analysis can end up being misled as to true Islamic teachings. The reader below, who is "appalled" by the Qur'an seems to be ignorant of the historical context of verses on war etc. Any reading of the Bible, and yes of the Buddhist or Hindu scriptures, without such historical analysis will also portray these texts in a negative, brutal and primitive light. Reading about the terrible wars and massacres that God commands in the biblical stories of Moses, Joshua, David, etc. without historical context will convince you that Judaism and Christianity are barbaric religions. If you have no historical context in which to place these Bible stories, or understand how these religions evolved from such violent births, you have really no understanding of either faith. And uncritical study of some early Buddhist texts which held that women do not have souls would unfairly protray Buddhism as a primitive religion without historical understanding of how these ideas have evolved and changed over hundreds of years.

I suggest to the reader below, and to all who wish to learn about the loving tradition of Islam, to actually read books on Sufism, the heart of Islam which is indeed based on the Qu'ran and the example of Prophet Muhammad. Approaching a text like Ahmed Ali's translation without this basic knowledge and with an attitude of preconceived hostility will only reinforce your ignorance.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Won't Do Better
This translation of the Koran by Ahmed Ali is about as good as it gets for the English-speaking reader. Out of all the translations available locally, (and I compared many, side by side, passage to passage), this is IT. True, Ali does hang on to a generally archaic tone, but no more so than 'Lord of the Rings' does. 'Haply' and 'verily' are peppered throughout the text very much like the 'hark's and 'lo's of the JPS Tanakh. 'Compeer' is a regularly occuring word (has any contemporary English speaker used THAT in a sentence lately?). My favorite is 'obliquities'. Nonetheless, these things do not interfere with the basic clarity and readability of the translation. And unlike a couple of readable versions done by non-Muslims, Ali communicates a great deal of cultural and literary information sensitively and with style. Other reviews give me the idea many Christians are reading this for indications of the barbarity of Islam. I guess the savagery of the Hebrew Bible is insufficient for them. Christians might be better served by reading the Koran for its statements about Jesus, Mary and the Trinity. Mohammed's views do not represent his personal, idiosyncratic views. They represent sectarian Christian traditions that were alive and well in his time: that Jesus did not rise from the dead, nor was he the son of God. Read your books carefully!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful English Translation of the Qur'an
This is the first translation of the Qur'an in English that I have not found labourous to read. I finished reading it in a short time - often stopping to re-read verses - enjoying the eloquence of the language and the amazing retention of the rythms of the original Arabic. The text is poetic and the meanings come across gracefully - reading this translation leaves a spiritual impact . The translation is a pleasure and a joy to read. I strongly recommend it to all who wish to know the Qur'an and its true meaning. I find it to be the best of all the available translations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, worthwhile, and appalling
I have read this translation of the Koran, carefully, due to an interest in understanding Islam. What I read is, quite frankly, appalling. How to rate it with stars? It seems to be a quite good translation, with great care taken for meaning.

I was only aware of Sufism prior to this. As such, I came in with a basic idea that Islam was a religion of peace, at its heart. I was wrong. I am sorry for anyone whom I misled in the past. I meant well. I really did. But I was horribly wrong. I did not know that the heart of Sufism, itjihad, and its like were heresies. Now I understand that they are, having seen fatwas about that. It is also clear to me why. Sufism is a heresy that is against Islam - it's there in the Koran. Sufism deconstructs and reinterprets it, which means the Koran is not the word of god (allah) as it says.

I am aware now that Islam does not mean "peace". Islam means "submission." It means a bit more than that. It means YOUR submission, like it or not!

This is a document, which repeats over and over, that it is the word of God. And in every chapter this book speaks of war. It regularly speaks of the necessity to "utterly subjugate" anyone outside the club. Small wonder that Muslims have the attitude they do toward Israel, toward the West, toward progress as we know it. It is impossible for them to accept any situation in which non-Muslims are not "utterly subjugateed" as dictated by the Koran. This book explains very well why it is that Muslims are, as a whole, worse than the most rabid southern American Christian fundamentalists, and why their fringe (and mainstream) is so much more violent. (And has been since the dawn of this "religion.")

This book is the work of a powermad cult, not a spiritual leader. This is obvious to any sane and unprejudiced reader.

There is a huge difference between this book and Christian, Buddhist, Judaic, or Hindu writings. The difference is that it has great self integrity, it does not conflict with itself. It also represents not the allegorical stories interlaced with sermons of every other religion - it is instead ironclad dictates for how to live and what to do. This sets it apart, which Muslims will tell you in glowing terms, is an indication of its divinity.

What this means is that unlike the Bible, Vedas, Talmud, or even Buddhist writings, it cannot be deconstructed, except as a whole. Because if any bit of it isn't true, then the whole edifice falls down. But in the context of apostasy requiring a death sentence, it's pretty hard to have a conversation inside Muslim culture.

That is why I say that it is clear this book is the work of a terrible cult, in the most negative sense of the modern meaning of "cult." It has an airtight enforcement algorithm - death. It has religious dictates that would make Jim Jones happy. I found myself thinking, towards the end, as I read it, "My god! This is Jim Jones writ large across the face of the world!"

I am, as a humanist, former Buddhist of Christian roots, who was taught to be tolerant, horrified. I am horrified not just because of what this document contains. I am horrified by the implications, by this searingly clear vision:

There can be nothing but war with these people, or uneasy truce between wars, while they gather themselves to war again. It is inevitable. They will bring it, because it is their holy writ to war do so. Any self defense, any slight against them will justify in their minds, complete war in return. And that means that the only way to deal with them is to subjugate them. There isn't anything else to do until this "theology" dies out.

This has been a horrifying experience for me. The only thing I can be thankful for is that my eyes have been opened. I have read a few others who claim to have studied the Koran as outsiders. I remember things like, "You can read into it what you want." About that I can only suggest that either they didn't read the Koran completely, or they are extraordinarily capable of self-delusion and wishful thinking.

Bottom line for me? By what right has any book or group the authority to declare that they should "utterly subjugate" all others to what some guy said 1400 years ago? Because he said it?

People who profess to follow this awful book as their religion do not deserve to be accepted into polite company any more than members of the KKK or Aryan nations do. I mean that completely, without any reservation, having read this book carefully, and thought about it for months now, and conversing about it with Muslims lest I have made a mistake. ... Read more

183. Inside the Nation of Islam: A Historical and Personal Testimony by a Black Muslim
by Vibert L. White
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: University Press of Florida
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This detailed study of the internal workings of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of Louis Farrakhan examines the evolution of the organization since 1977 and its strange ideological menu of Black Nationalism, political-economic development, anti-Semitism, and conservative Republican ideals. Vibert White maintains that Farrakhan's Nation has become a cult that utilizes black nationalistic and religious dogma and its ability to create political and racial controversy to exploit poor and working-class black Americans for the leaders' economic and political gain.

At the heart of Inside the Nation is White's chronicle of his own sojourn during the 1980s and 1990s as a registered Muslim--from his days as a foot soldier in the Fruit of Islam, the Nation's military organization, through his rise to the status of minister and advisor to the leadership. Included are White's dealings with such leaders as Louis Farrakhan, Akbar Muhammad, Khallid Muhammad, and Benjamin Chavis Muhammad and his involvement in such activities as the Million Man March.

As one who traveled for the organization throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, White was able to observe the leadership and the operation of the group at close hand. He reveals for the first time the detailed structure of NOI's business and religious operation. He explores and separates the Nation of Islam, the religious arm that is incorporated only in Chicago, from the Final Call, its business center operated only by the Farrakhan family. As a professional historian, White was able to separate the passion of the group's rhetoric from its real objectives, which centered on building a personal empire for Louis Farrakhan. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Personal but not Historical
Dr. White writes an interesting expose on the current political and financial status of the Nation of Islam. However, he fails to make his argument on why Black Muslims should follow orthodox Islam and not the NOI's teachings. He does a good job of showing Farrakhan's supporters how the Minister may not be staying true to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, but fails to throw any meaningful criticism at the teachings themselves. Yet this doesn't stop Dr. White from waiting until the end of his book to suggest to Muslims that they follow Orthodox Islam. A religion is not a horse race who's credibility is determined by the number of followers who 'bet' on it. So his argument that Black Muslims in America should practice and follow Orthodox Islam because this is what millions of other Muslims around the world are doing is not convincing. Orthodox Islam is filled with a lot of Arab culture and is therefore better suited for Arabs (I'm sure many Sunni Muslims disagree). But Black Muslims, and African Americans in general, still need a program that teaches them how to become spiritually, economically, politically, and socially empowered. Elijah Muhammad's program teaches this. Whether or not Farrakhan and today's NOI is teaching it remains to be seen and White's book does a good job showing this.

For the record, saying that 'there is no God but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is his Messenger' (the Shahada) in one breath, and saying 'Allah appeared in the person of Master Fard Muhammad and Elijah is his Messenger' in another breath is NOT a contradiction. White should know this. With true enlightenment, Allah appears in all of us. He (Allah) can have more than one Messenger (not to be confused with 'Prophet'). Anyone who speaks the word of God is a Messenger as he is bringing God's message to the people. Hence, there is no contradiction in Farrakhan disseminating Elijah's teachings while taking his Shahada.

His excerpts and interpretation of Farrakhan's statements and speeches could have easily been copied from the New York Times who has always been biased against Min. Farrakhan and the NOI. I strongly suggest that if one wishes to learn more about Farrakhan's thoughts on certain issues, they listen to the speeches themselves and NOT get their interpretation from Dr. White's book.

White's poor editing also served as an intellectual turnoff. Earlier in the book, he talks about Khallid Muhammad's death while later envisioning him as a great leader in the future as if the man is still alive(???). In the same earlier chapter he mentions that Khallid received his doctorate from Xavier University (page 93) then turns around later (page 119) and questions his 'Doctor' title by noting how the alleged university that Khalid received his doctorate from, Dillard University, has no record of Khallid ever receiving his Doctorate )???).

Nonetheless, White's book is useful information for the individual who considers joining or supporting the NOI without first questioning the organization's political and financial motives and practices.

3-0 out of 5 stars An intriging book with some concerns
I certainly have to say that this is an intriging and interesting book, but Dr. White has left some concerns that we as readers need to be careful of. For example, eventhough Dr. White has an upper hand of what goes on in both the general membership and the hierchy of the Nation of Islam, many of his views, beliefs and descriptions in the book have been flawed with anger and emotion. Due to this fact, he's doing nothing more than to continue to give Minister Farrakhan and other members and officials in the Nation injustice, eventhough some of the things that he said may have been true. When I saw that his book was forwarded by 60 Minutes host Mike Wallace, I knew that Dr. White's book on Minister Farrakhan and the Nation is biased because Mr. Wallace has been known for his bashing of the original Nation of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad when he and African-American Journalist, Louis Lomax made a show in 1959 called "The Hate That Hate Produced." Even some parts of both World Islamic History and Nation of Islam history are inaccurate. For example, Dr. White mentioned that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came from the tribe of Shabazz. This is false. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came from a prominent Arab tribe called the Qur'aish. The tribe of Shabazz was a name given by both Nation of Islam founder from the East, Master W.F. Muhammad and his successor, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad referring to African-Americans. Another thing that Dr. White didn't make clear was that he didn't specify that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's son, Imam Wallace D. Mohammed became the leader of the Nation of Islam in 1975 after his Father's death. Furthermore, Imam Mohammed continued to lead the Nation of Islam until his resignation from his leadership in August of 2003. During his leadership, Imam led his followers to practice Islam based on the Holy Qur'an and the model character of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Nation of Islam that Farrakhan leads was a new group that he formed in 1977. Farrakhan was a Minister and Imam (Muslim Minister) under Imam Mohammed for two and a half years, until he became dissatisfied with the changes that Imam Mohammed made when he became the leader. The original teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, which Minister Farrakhan's teachings are based on, dealt mainly with knowledge of self, some Muslim concepts and unIslamic beliefs such as the belief that Nation of Islam's founder, Master Fard Muhammad, is G'd. As Muslims we worship the Creator, not creation.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Penetrating Look Inside the Nation of Islam
In 1995 Loius Farrakan was big news with his Million Man March, which he promised would bring black power to politics. Within a year his organization, The Nation of Islam, became a focus of controversy when one of his ministers said that Jews were responsible for the holocaust. Then Malcom X's daughter blamed Farrakan for his assassination, something he denied, but sort of apologized for on 60 Minutes.

This is the first good book on the "black muslims" since Louis Lomax wrote his aacout of Elijah Muhammad and Malcom X in the 1960's and is the only book written by someone who was a member of the NOI - except Malcom X's book - which is a classic.

White gives a penetrating acount into the NOI. To me his potrayal makes the organization look like a cult around Farrakan. Everything in it is geared to promoting his public image and money is raised to maintain that. Much of what the NOI does is just show. The Million Man March, accomplished nothing, except to raise Farrakan money. Farrakan talks - but really does few concrete initiatives. His trips to the Middle East with "world leaders" is an example of this - all show, but no real substance. Just acting to give the appearance of being more important than he really is and to keep his followers excited about what he might do or say next.

This is why Farrakan has a tendency to say something insulting - or anti-semitic from time to time - it gets him news coverage, attention, and makes him look like an important and contervsial figure. It gets him members, which is the bottom line.

One thing that surpised me in this book is the shabby financial condition that the NOI is in. I would guess that one day it will eventually go bankrupt - probably after Farrakan retires or passes away from the scene. I've never seen a detailed account of the NOI business structure and finances - but here it is in this book.

Although, White gives plenty of ammo for critics of the NOI I saw his book as a sensitive treatment of them. Adding some of his own story to the book is helpeful to show how/why someone would join the organization. Although some of the leaders may be rotten, many of the members are looking to improve their lives and make the world a better place, even if they have been misled.

This is an important book for people who want to understand the legacy of the nationalist strain in black America. From Marcus Garvey to Elijah Muhummad to the Black Panthers to Louis Farrakan there will always be a strain of black leaders of the nationalist bent. This book is one of the best sources for understanding this in contemporary times - and in the past 20 years.

3-0 out of 5 stars Those who don't remember the past......
Overall, this is not a bad account, the only minor complaints are some inconsistencies (one section deals with Khallid Muhammad;s death and later in the book, White speculates on Khallid as a future NOI leader) and some historical errors here and there. That aside, White's description of the NOI (an organization which, as a believer in the brotherhood of humanity, I personally have little regard for), makes it clear that little has changed in this organization since Malcolm X (wisely) left it in the 1960s in regards to it's exploitation of angry, confused, and disfranchised Blacks. Some better editing would improve the book, but it's core lesson should be heeded to potential converts to groups like the NOI-"Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend Book for Reading !!!
I've Read this book and to be honest the author did state that in his writing, "these are my own personal views"; in which are alot of assumptions. We must remember that, "even though the teachings are perfect human beings are not, this is why we strive to be perfect". I have to say that this is good reading for those whom are considering joining the Nation of Islam in order that you may know that the Nation of Islam is not a perfect utopia but is striving to be. ... Read more

184. Islam and Gender
by Ziba Mir-Hosseini
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Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the re-introduction of Sharica law relating to gender and the family, women's rights in Iran suffered a major setback. However, as the implementers of the law have faced the social realities of women's lives and aspirations, positive changes have gradually come about. Here Ziba Mir-Hosseini takes us to the heart of the growing debates concerning the ways in which justice for women should be achieved. Through a series of lively interviews with clerics in the Iranian religious center of Qom, she seeks to understand the varying notions of gender that inform Islamic jurisprudence and to explore how clerics today perpetuate and modify these notions.

Mir-Hosseini finds three main approaches to the issue: insistence on "traditional" patriarchal interpretations based on "complementarity" but "inequality" between women and men; attempts to introduce "balance" into traditional interpretations; or a radical rethinking of the jurisprudential constructions of gender. She introduces the debates among the commentators by examining key passages in both written and oral texts and by narrating her meetings and discussions with the authors. Unique in its approach and its subject matter, the book relates Mir-Hosseini's engagement, as a Muslim woman and a social anthropologist educated and working in the West, with Shici Muslim thinkers of various backgrounds and views. In the literature on women in Islam, there is no account of such a face-to-face encounter, either between religion and gender politics or between the two genders. ... Read more

185. Defenders of Reason In Islam
by Richard C. Martin, Mark R. Woodward, Dwi S. Atmaja
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4-0 out of 5 stars Important but Difficult Book
Mu'tazilism was a school of Islamic theological discourse (kalam) that enjoyed the patronage of many Muslim rulers during the Abbasid Age (800-1050 CE). Mu'tazali intellectuals forwarded a rationalist conception of Islamic theology and offered specific opinions about divine unity, the historical context of revelation, and ethical answerability to God. The first principle of Mu'tazilism was that all humans must exercise speculative reason in order to know God. Further, the Mu'tazila believed that humans had the power (qudra) to act independently and were responsible to God for those actions. Later Muslim orthodoxy (i.e. Ash'ariya) strongly opposed this doctrine and favored the doctrine of divine predestination.

The authors argue that modernist Muslim intellectuals have dipped into the well of Islamic history and drawn heavily from Mu'tazalism. In addition to the belief in human efficacy, modernist Muslims seem particular interested in the Mu'tazlite assertion that the Qur'an was revealed in a particular historical context and therefore Muslims must use reason to interpret it when living in new contexts. The Mu'tazilite doctrine that asserts that associating attributes to God is tantamount to shirk (polytheism) seems to be of little interest to most modernist Muslims.

Although very few of these contemporary intellectuals self-identify as neo-mu'tazalite they admire the Mu'tazalite commitment to reason. However, one Indonesian intellectual, Harun Nasution, has boldly declared himself to be a modern day Mu'tazalite.

The authors translate and explicate two Mu'tazalite texts. The first was written in the tenth century CE by Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar, considered by some to be the last major Mu'tazalite scholar. The second was written by the contemporary Indonesian Islamic scholar, Harun Nasution. The authors compare these texts both in term of their theological (kalam) arguments as well as in terms of the context in which they were written. In this way, it is a exquisite examination of continuity and change within a religious tradition.

This is not a book for the casual reader, despite the fact that it is distributed through popular booksellers in the United States. It twists and turns through the history of theological debates in Islam. Some of the debates might seem arcane to the first time student of Islam and others confusing as to the real difference between the opposing views.

For the advanced scholar of Islam, this is a marvelous book. It reflects a collaborative effort of a kind that should be encouraged and repeated in the study of Islam. Martin is an historian of Islam and a philologist. Woodward is an anthropologist well-known for his work on Indonesian Islam. Both are detached scholars; neither is Muslim. Atmaja, on the other hand, is a young Indonesian Islamic intellectual conversant in historical texts and, like many of his contemporaries, trying to come to terms with modernity and postmodernity. In fact, as the preface of the book openly admits, this book was inspired by Atmaja's desire to examine Mu'tazilism as a source for thinking about the relationship between rationality and faith.

Ron Lukens-Bull, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Anthropology University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL 32224-2650 (904) 620-2850 ... Read more

186. Hajj: Reflection on Its Rituals
by Ali Shariati, Ali Shariatia
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The first complete translation of the masterpiece of Ali Shariati, it is not a treatise on the hajj, but a reflection by the astute haji on what the hajj means as it is performed and includes the meaning behind each and every ritual of the hajj based on the Arabic language and traditional sources. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
On Hajj I don't think anybody has given such a brilliant and thought provoking analysis and reflections as did in this book by Dr. Ali Shariati. He has tried to give not only philosiphical answers for the Hajj rituals but has gone further and deep down in the psycological aspects as well, which were not touched by any one before. It is undoubtably a unique book on Hajj pilgrimage.

5-0 out of 5 stars What hajj is all about
As an American convert to Islam who performed hajj last year, I highly recommend this book to help remove all the mystery of what hajj is all about. Even many hajis have no idea why they are doing what they are doing other than their religious books tell them it is what they are supposed to do. Someone planning on going for hajj will get much more out of the experience by reading this beautiful, eloquent book first. And for the non-Muslim, a reading of this book should provide great insight into the purpose of the ritual of Islam that is so often mind-boggling to the outsider. ... Read more

187. Instruction of the Student: The Method of Learning
by Imam Al-Zurnuji, G. E. Von Grunebaum, Theodora M. Abel, Hamza Yusuf, Imam Alzarnuji, Burhan Al-Din Zarnuji, Gustave E. Von Grunebaum, Theodora Mead Abel
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This is a remarkable volume that touches upon the method by which students of the classical Muslim world learned their studies in a traditional way. Its author, Imam al-Zarnuji, has attracted the attention of Western men of learning for centuries, as they tried to decipher the secret behind the stunning educational success of Islamic civilization. ... Read more

188. Loyalty and Leadership in An Early Islamic Society
by Roy Mottahedeh
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An updated classic study of 10th- and 11th-century society in Buyid Iran. Arguing that medieval Islamic society must be understood in its own cultural terms, the author explains how it was able to function in a stable manner without the type of political institutions familiar to the West.
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5-0 out of 5 stars reissued classic
This work is an excellent roadmap of social relations between various social actors in the Buyid dynasty, which ruled during the 10th and 11th centuries in much of modern day Iraq and Iran. The period is interesting in itself because it marked the end of the classical period of Islamic history and was both the site of both political decline and a cultural bloom. Mottahedeh's approach is straightforward, dividing the book into basically two parts. The first addresses acquired loyalties of a formal nature and the the second addresses categorical loyalties of a more informal character. His insights are too numerous to elucidate here because of the various levels of society he examines, but his examination of the ulema I found to be worth the price of admission alone. The overall picture, however, is a fascinating one of how during a period of immense upheaval a new Muslim society emerged with self-renewing and self-preserving values and institutions starkly different form the Abbassids period preceding it which also continued centuries after its disappearance. ... Read more

189. What's Right with Islam : is What's Right With America
by Feisal Abdul Rauf
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190. Understanding Muslim Teachings and Traditions: A Guide for Christians
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The Traditions (Hadith) of Islam is a record of the words and deeds of Muhammadthat overwhelmingly affects Muslim actions, morals, and attitudes. Though only aminority of Muslims has ever directly encountered a book of Hadith, theinformation is filtered through Islamic teachers and oral tradition. In this unique book, Phil Parshall explores and explains the Hadith's teachingson such issues as salvation, prayer, jihad and violence, women, and Jesus. Hebases his book on the research of Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad Al-Bukhari, which isuniversally regarded as the most authoritative collection of Traditions. Understanding Muslim Teachings and Traditions highlights the essence of thishighly significant body of Muslim literature and will lead you to a greaterawareness of Muhammad's influence in the lives of one billion people. ... Read more

191. Fast Facts on Islam
by John Ankerberg, John Weldon
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1-0 out of 5 stars Out of context.
These writers are quoting out of context. Readers should beware. Allow me to give an example from the bible of how things can be manipulated to fit a certain agenda.

Deuteronomy 13:13-16

13. Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

14. Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently: and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;

15. Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

16. And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the Lord thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
All the reviewers here keep talking about scholarship, and unbiased information etc.

This book is far from any of these. It is shabby, inaccurate (and at many places incorrect) and gross misrepresentation.

If you want to read real books about Islam by people who are truly objective, then read those by John Esposito. I do not agree with Dr Espositos conclusions myself sometimes, but I respect his opinions because they are well researched and objective.

5-0 out of 5 stars What you see is exactly what you get .... a fast education
As I see my life change almost daily and I hear our politicos and free press tell me that Islam is a peacefull religion I am baffled to also see homicide bombing fanatics and supposed religious leaders spewing the the most hatefull venemous diatribes against Americans as a whole and Jews and Christians specifically.

Somebody certainly must be wrong, so I purchased this book to close some very large gaps in my religious education.

This certainly is an excellent piece of work and the authors present a framework that allows the reader to very quickly understand the beginnings of Islam, the writing and background of the Quran, and some of the most important belief structures of the followers of Islam.

The book weighs in at less that 150 pages so don't expect it to be a forum of intellectual study ... also, most importantly, don't expect judgmental comment or discussion of pros and cons of Islam, but rather a shockingly crystal clear cut 'talking points' summary with enough detail to make it understandable.

With Islam being one of the fastest growing religions worldwide the authors make it clear that while on one page of the Quran we hear of nothing but kindness and justice while you practically turn the page and see the thoughts and beliefs of Usama bin Laden staring right up at you.

If you ever hope to be able to understand what is going on books like these are critical because unlike Christians, who will try to convert you if you just stand still for more than a minute, your Moslem friends and Islam do not invite open discussion, thought or interpretation of the Quran .....

5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable, timely insight into the Islamic world.
Many books of this nature have been birthed since the September 11 2001 terrorist atrocities in the US, as countless people have tried to come to terms with, or perhaps seeking an understanding of, a religion that could so mercilessly and indiscriminately slaughter so many innocent people at a given moment in time. The religion of course is Islam.

This is indeed one of the better such books published with that aim in mind. The work shows extensive research and knowledge and is articulate and authoritative, with a deep understanding and comprehension of Islamic politics, theology, beliefs and mind-set. This book is not a diatribe filled with hostility against Islam. Indeed there is no hostility here at all, just a measured approach to many critical issues of this time.

In light of recent Islamic terrorism, this book investigates what the writers describe as 'a festering hostility that had been growing around the World for more than a generation', together with the creation of a global network of Islamic terrorist organisations/cells supported by a variety of nation-states such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Islam itself as a religion is examined from it's very foundations including the basic Moslem beliefs & what it teaches about the 'Moslem God' Allah plus the Jewish & Christian faiths.

The book examines the Islamic doctrine of Jihad and the connection between Islam and terrorism, studying in some depth what motivates the Islamic suicide terrorists into perpetrating such fundamentally evil terrorist atrocities with often unparalleled barbarism, including their irrational hatred for the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

The mind-set of such suicide terrorists is further investigated to uncover the heinous teachings that declare that the murdering of innocent civilians will guarantee such 'zealots' their residence in a so-called 'heavenly paradise' forever. The "martyr's death" for Islam being revealed as the ONLY Islamic guarantee available for 'salvation' in this life.

Other aspects of Islam are also studied including the place of women, their individual rights and how they are mostly classed as 'inferior' in status, deficient in intelligence, religion and legal testimony. The right for Moslem men to beat their wives is also studied together with other practices which many will find questionable.

The Islamic claim of 'tolerance' is also studied in view of the severe penalties declared for Moslems who venture to convert to other religions, and also the penalties facing Christians who dare to share their faith in many Moslem lands, both who are often under penalty of death for daring to walk these paths.

Towards the end of the book the writers devote sections to describing certain Islamic terrorist groups such as HAMAS, Hizballah, PLO and Al Qaeda. Reference is made as to how much of the Western world has turned a blind eye to modern day terrorism prior to recent events. Special mention being made of Yasser Arafat, the PLO leader, whose vast true history of terrorism and bloodshed has been ignored, with much of the West & the media now embracing him as some form of 'celebrity'.

This is indeed a worthwhile and timely addition to anyone's library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timely book on an vital subject
Ankerberg and Weldon present vital information about Islam in easy-to-read, bite-sized chunks and cite multiple resources to give foundation for their statements.

While the media and even our President have been telling us that Islam is a "religion of peace" and that Muslims worship the same God that is worshipped by Jews and Christians, you will know after reading this book that such sentiments (while probably well-intentioned) are simply inaccurate.

The authors explain that the English translations of the Q'uran available in the west are "toned down" versions that exclude many of the verses that are popular among the Arabic-reading extremists... such as those verses that call for the beheading of all Jews and Christians or verses that instruct a man to beat his wife if he believes she might be disobedient in the near future.

The book outlines major tenets of the Muslim faith, its origins and how it is being directed today by various clerics and other influential Muslims in the Arab world.

This book was authored after the attacks on the World Trade Center for the purpose of informing readers what the driving force was behind those attacks. Information specifically concerning the attacks and people involved is also covered.

The appendices at the back of the book cite various books, magazines and web sites for additional information that is sound and not exaggerated.

The book is presented in a scholarly format and is not an emotional diatribe.

The book is less than 160 pages including the appendix, index and table of contents - so it's fairly brief and to the point. If you're interested in learning more about Islam and you want to get accurate information, not some biased emotional tome, I highly recommend this book. ... Read more

192. The Black Muslims in America
by C. Eric Lincoln
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This new edition of Lincoln's classic study details the formation and development of the Black Muslim movement through its wide-ranging expressions in America today, focusing especially on Louis Farrakhan's movement as the true successor to the original Nation of Islam founded by Elijah Muhammad. ... Read more

193. Muslim Extremism in Egypt: The Prophet and Pharaoh, With a New Preface for 2003
by Gilles Kepel
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Gilles Kepel takes us into the world of the students, professionals, workers, and unemployed who are caught up in the Islamic movements of Egypt. Events that have riveted world attention--the first World Trade Center bombing, assassinations in Beirut, the attempt on the life of the Pope, the assassination of Sadat, and, in a new preface, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001--are illuminated by this penetrating study. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A clear and sensible description of the Muslim Brotherhood
This is without a doubt one of the best and most readable texts on the subject of the rise of Islamist movements in Egypt. It also works as a fitting sequel to Doanld Mitchell's groundbreaking volume - the only one of its kind ever translated into Arabic - on the Ikhwan al-Muslimin, the Muslim Brotherhood written almost two decades earlier. The book describes the social, historical and economic context behind the Islamist movements neither resorting to apologetic arguments or righteous accusations. Kepel shows that Egyptian Islamist organizations have adopted a variety of approaches that are, more often than not, peaceful such as to effectively constitute what may be civil society in Egypt. Indeed, such organizations as the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt have recently shown that some compromise is possible with the representatives of the status-quo as well as with rival factions by participating in national elections, such as to avoid a civil war scenario. The Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt now opposes government policy from a legal and regulated official position but it faces pressure from more radical Islamist groups.
Nonetheless, intractable socio-economic problems have made it ever more difficult to contain unrest. The continuing reduction of the public sector since the late '70s and the failure to stimulate private economic enterprise has made it even harder for Egypt to sustain the precarious economic conditions that stimulate Islamist unrest.Although the Egypt achieved significant development in the '50s and '60s, it has pursued misguided economic policies that have fallen short of their potential. The benefits of the oil boom after 1973 and the Sadat-Mubarak economic liberalization policies that followed were mismanaged. Economic liberalization was primarily directed in the speculative construction and real estate sectors and failed to attract foreign investment in other labor intensive and professional areas. Unemployment persisted as the State reduced spending in conformance to IMF debt re-structuring that by 1986 brought about a gradual erosion of the human development achievements of the '50s and '70s. The series of economic reforms benefited the already wealthy.Islamist organizations have also gained popularity by absorbing the void left by the declining State.
Support and membership for such organizations has cut across class and income barriers and is representative of the frustration of a large portion of society, and youth in particular, with the current political establishment in Egypt. The government has not offered viable solutions to problems of unemployment, housing shortages, deteriorating municipal services or the poor quality of health care and education. Kepel also shows that Islamist organizations have solved problems that the government has been unable or unwilling to confront. Unlike government and private banks, the Islamic Brotherhood has operated Islamic Investment Companies (IIC) since the mid-'70s that have provided a real positive rate of interest.Ultimately, in view of chronic economic difficulties and the Government of Egypt's inability to adopt serious reform and tackle the problems of poverty and unemployment seriously makes Egypt very vulnerable to the zeal and violence of militant Islam.

5-0 out of 5 stars highly recommended reading
This is the first book I would recommend to anyone wanting to understand (1) the agenda of Muslim extremist groups, and (2) what draws people to their "cause".

Kepel argues that the extremist groups have been around since the departure of the European imperialist powers, seeking to create a "pan-Muslim" state as an alternative to the secular nation-states that occupy the region today.Naiive, groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood were easily subverted, repressed and generally thought of as harmless until the assassination of Anwar Sadat.

Citing the poverty, lack of opportunity and political repression as the fertile ground that created these groups, Kepel sympathetically goes on to discuss their agenda - essentially that "secular" "nation-states" are alien and counter to the history and culture of the Islamic world.Truly and outstanding book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic in the Field
This is the work that made the now imminent French scholar of Islamism famous.Kepel was more or less the first scholar to frame "Muslim Extremism" as 1) an extremist phenomenon and 2) a real political threat to the region in such an explicit fashion.As such, this work has been much debated and criticized; however, it still remains a classic in the field.

Ideally, Kepel's work should be read in tandem with Mitchell's work on the Muslim Brothers as Kepel himself seemed to see this work as the follow-up to Mitchell's groundbreaking work.Mitchell's work stopped at the incarceration of the Brotherhood after the Free Officers now longer found their support politically desirable or expedient, and basically, Kepel's picks up at that point-the inhumanity of the prisons, the gallows, and the torture rooms.

Unlike Mitchell's work, however, Kepel's study is not confined to a study of the Muslim Brotherhood but is a study of theradicalization of the Islamic trend in Egypt which splinter into many factional, competing parts-at times as a result of state initiatives as under Sadat.The differing policies of the Nasser and Sadat regime are compared, the influence of Sayyid Qutb emphasized, the moderation and political compromise of the Muslim Brotherhood emphasized, and the desperation and impoverishment of the violent groups such as al-Jama'at al-Islamiyyah and Takfir wa-l-Hijrah are cited as their sources.These all became classic themes in the field.Kepel's work demonstrates that the sources of political Islam are as varied as its social manifestations.

This is one of the most comprehensive and well-documented study andanalyses of the islamic fundamentalist groups in modern Egypt that has seenthe light up to the present. I read it from start-to-end in a run, soinvolving is the matter it researches as the way in which it is written. Anauthoritative essay and a source of information on one of the most shockingissues of the last (and present) century, focused on one of the less knownareas about religious terrorism. The translation from the French edition isaccurate and confiable. A title you can not miss if you are engaged instudying the subject or merely in knowing more about it. Highlyrecommended! ... Read more

194. China's Muslims (Images of Asia)
by Michael Dillon
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Muslim communities are found in every Chinese province and Muslims play a prominent part in the moden Chinese state. In an illustrated book directed at scholars and travellers alike, Dillon examines each of the country's ten Muslim group: he sketches the history of its arrival in China, explains its languages and customs, and descibes the work and daily life of its members.Dillon includes portraits of the most important muslim centers, from the Hui towns of the Ningxia region to the Uyghur city of Kashghar near China's western boundary. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet
An excellent, factual review of China's Muslim minority. Dillon reviews the broad, ethnic diversity of China's Muslims and their evolution within the fabric of Chinese society.

Recommended for the casual reader; but likely not those who seek in depth academic study.

4-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating discovery
Dillon's book is the first book talking about Muslims in China written by a European writer that I read. The book gives a wealth of information starting from the origins and characteristics of Chinese Islam to the complex relationship between Islam and the Chinese State. While reading the book I discovered the myriad of ethnic groups who consitute the Muslim community in China. I was fascinated by their culture and traditions. When talking about the origin of Islam in China, I think that the author should have gone into more details and should have consulted more references especially by Muslims Chinese and non-Chinese. Although the author stated that most Muslims are Sunni Muslims, I think that too much emphasize was given to other groups. The author described many cultural aspects of Chinese Muslims, but I wonder what about other aspects like poetry, literature, scientific work, etc. Regarding the complex relationship between Islam and the Chinese State, the author should have spent more time and give a better picture on how this relationship is seen from both sides. Finally, I was pleased by the many black-and-white and colorful illustrations. ... Read more

195. Othello's Children in the "New World": Moorish History and Identity in the African American Experience
by Jose' V. Pimienta-Bey
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5-0 out of 5 stars Othello's Children
This book is a must-read! The research is superb, insightful, and elegantly infused into the social commentary of the text. Pimienta-Bey has undoubtedly risen to the top of scholars addressing the history of the Moors and their worldwide influence on civilization. As engaging as it is informative, I find this book to be a necessary addition to anyone's library!

5-0 out of 5 stars Moorish History
The author's research on Moorish History is second to none! ... Read more

196. Islam and the West
by Norman Daniel
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3-0 out of 5 stars 3 Star Read
Norman Daniel has done a fairly well job on "How Islam was misinterpreted by Western Orientalists in history". However, I wish he had used more Islamic references (works by Muslim scholars) rather than that of non-Muslims. There are sometimes things that are not correct in Islamic viewpoint and would contradict to religious techings of Islam, but I guess he has relied more on non-Muslim scholar's works in writing this book.

So my suggestion would be don't just read this book alone if you want to know about West's viewpoint on Islam. You should read other books to know more on this topic, to get the real idea.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
This is a remarkable work, detailing the perceptions of Islam prevalent in the West since the birth of Islam in the 7th century. Daniel documents the medieval misconceptions and shows how they still exist in today's popular culture AND in modern scholarship. He displays his proofs in the context of discussing the particulars of Islam and how they were perceived by the West. I wish everyone would read this book. It would considerably aid Muslim-Christian relations in the world and especially this country. ... Read more

197. Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India
by Ashutosh Varshney
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What kinds of civic ties between different ethnic communities cancontain, or even prevent, ethnic violence? This book draws on new research on Hindu- Muslim conflict in India to address this important question. Ashutosh Varshney examinesthree pairs of Indian cities--one city in each pair with a history of communal violence,the other with a history of relative communal harmony--to discern why violence betweenHindus and Muslims occurs in some situations but not others. His findings will be ofstrong interest to scholars, politicians, and policymakers of South Asia, but theimplications of his study have theoretical and practical relevance for a broad range ofmultiethnic societies in other areas of the world as well.The book focuses on thenetworks of civic engagement that bring Hindu and Muslim urban communities together.Strong associational forms of civic engagement, such as integrated businessorganizations, trade unions, political parties, and professional associations, are able tocontrol outbreaks of ethnic violence, Varshney shows. Vigorous and communallyintegrated associational life can serve as an agent of peace by restraining those, includingpowerful politicians, who would polarize Hindus and Muslims along communal lines. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking research
I've worked and taught in the field of peacebuilding for 25 years and consider this book the single most important research that has been done in the field. Varshney breaks new ground in conducting indepth research into why some cities in India into fell into violence and some did not during times of high national tension.

He presents clear and extremely useful findings about what is useful and what is not useful in resisting violence.Specifically, his research shows that creating structures that bring people together to work for a common cause or benefit(such as Hindu-Muslim traders cooperatives, joint community development committees, peace committees, etc.) has a marked effect in reducing violence.

I present Varshney's findings in a variety of settings worldwide and find audiences always highly responsive.My students love the book and find Varshney's ideas so clear and insightful that the often refer back to him later.

This book in my view is an example of scholarship at its best:well-designed, provocative, clear in its conclusions.On top of that is it unusually lucid in writing style.I consider it a "classic" - a book that will endure for many years and that deserves to be on the shelf of any serious student of ethnic or religious violence.

You can read the first and last few chapters and get the real benefits of the book.

Ron Kraybill
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1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
Varshney had the opportunity to examine the Hindu-Muslim divide in India using fresh glasses, and he has failed at it. His book is a litany of hackneyed generalizations and simplistic arguments.

5-0 out of 5 stars a work of excellence
Varshneys research is particulary impressive because of the concise research method that he upholds. I am pleased that he has studied both peaceful and violent cities--giving his research model a basis for comparison. I have purchased20 copies of Ethnic Conflict and Civic life and have circulated the work among my friends.Varshney's work gives us hope for world peace. this is the work of utter genius.very impressive research. particulary interesting was his intricate methodology of janwars in conflict. I highly recomment this book.

a beintot,

5-0 out of 5 stars ashutosh is greatness
Varshney's research is compelling and interesting.He offers refreshing insight and hope. His model will influence public policy and his writing will be cited by world leaders. I look forward to seeing his work implemented globally.
a must have...

1-0 out of 5 stars Half baked truths and desultory handling
I started reading the book with a great hope that this gives a insight of what makes the south asian polity a voilent and irresponsible. The book fails to ooze the interest in the strict sense too.
Reader is left aghast with where the conclusion leads to. You can be caught unawares with insipid portrayal of events that led to the bloodbath. A comparative analysis was remarkably absent making it a hackneyed attempt to divide a wedge among the intellectual community.
It could be rather gratifying if the author could treat this subject in academiocal point of view after miserably failing in portraying the narration.
Albeit all this lacunae, remarkable tendency to sensationalize the events to throw the reader into shocks, which only end up the reader jittery and wary of the intent of neo-communist diaspora.

My half a cent to this -

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198. What You Need to Know About Islam & Muslims
by George W., Jr. Braswell
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Geared toward both the student and the interested general reader, "What You Need to Know about Islam and Muslims" is an all-you-need-to-know-and-more book about the Islam. Written in simple language, this book describes to Christians the story of Islam and the Muslim people, and their aggressive plans to establish Islam in every culture. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This is terrible...
This book reads like bullet statements. There is no fluidity at all and unfortunately terribly repetitive. I just completely lost it when it said...'Christianity is a religion of polytheism, believing in three gods in its teachings of the Trinity.' This is grossly inaccurate. Now I have to question the first half of the book. If this was said in the first 10 pages I would have just deleted the book and saved my time on the rest. I want to get a better understanding of Islam and Muslims so I am more cordial and respectful.I want to do this without the feeling of being converted if I spoke with a Muslim. After reading this I feel like I might end up offending someone. So I will quit while I am ahead. You should do the same keep your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Should be called How to Convert Muslims To Christianity
Written from a Christion perspective, this book gives more information about converting Muslims to Christianity then about Muslim beliefs and practices.More space is spent giving arguments for why Christians are right and Muslims are wrong then anything else.While some historical information was given it was sketchy and confusing.
The author repeats himself as nauseum, and contridicts himself many times.I learned very little from this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Misinformation bordering on DEFAMATION
This is one of the most malicious accounts of Islam, in recent years. It is full of lies and inaccurate historic "facts". The writer clearly has an anti-Islamic agenda and is trying to capitalize on the post-Sept.11 chaos. For example, Muslims do not submit to the pillars of the faith, they submit to G-d. The rituals (as in Judaism) are reflections of the faith based on a BELIEF: There is only One G-d. Hardly piety can be called immoral!

Another major deceitful remark is the quotations related to slaying pagans in the Quran. Firstly, Christians as well as Jews are not considered as pagans they are accepted as fellow monotheists and as the Quran calls "Ahlul-Kitab" or the "People of the Book". Secondly, People of the Book, as well as their prophets are respected and favored over all others. So, the verses related to pagans do not affect the Jews or Christians. It is also important to note that the pagans (idol worshippers) are fought against only after they take arms against Muslims. The writer seems to have conveniently ignored the historic facts.

Another fallacy is that the five daily prayers were prescribed by Khalifa after the prophet died! The 5 daily prayers were written upon Muslims during the "Miraj" or the ascension of the prophet Muhammad many years before he died.

Also, Muhammad never prohibited translations of the Quran, and you can find its translations in all the languages of the world, dating back to the time of the prophet himself.

Mr. Braswell has done a disservice to Christians and to Truth by intentionally misinforming the uniformed, and causing an atmosphere of animosity towards Islam and Muslims. If he is a true Christian, then he should repent, and apologize for the lies he is trying to spread.

Anyone interested in the reality of Islam, is better off talking to a professor of Islam, or read translations of Quran with commentary on it.

P.S. I am not a Muslim, but have studied the religion at UCLA, at the Doctoral level. ... Read more

199. Fragrance of Faith : The Enlightened Heart of Islam
by Jamal Rahman
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These heart-felt reflections on the spiritual life of Islam provide a light-hearted and practical approach to living a life of faith with self-awareness. Too often writings on Islam have focused exclusively on issues of outer behavior and beliefs. We feel it is equally important to provide a light that can illuminate the inner life. (Kabir Helminski) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful understanding of Islam and MORE
This book is both a accurate description of Islam and also a wonderful guide to realizingyour true Self.Using entertaining Sufi Stories, beautiful quotes from the Qur'an and great Sufi Masters such as Rumi, along with practical exercises, Jamal Rahman provides an easy to read journey into complex spiritual ideas. I recommend "The Fragrance of Faith" to all spiritual seekers no matter what your specific path may be and to others interested in understanding the core beliefs of Islam.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer on the Heart of Islamic Faith
This book serves as an excellent introduction of the Islamic faith to the average Westerner who may have only been exposed to stereotypical presentations of the religion.It also will deepen the knowledge and understanding for people who are interested in the core ideas and fundamental principles of Islam.It focuses on inner practice, fundamental themes (such as surrender, faith, truthfulness, humility, etc.) and applications to daily living. The chapters are short, the message is direct and lucid, but there is nothing simple (or simplified) about the presentation. It is a book you will want to read more than once.

5-0 out of 5 stars A breath of cool thought!
Rahman writes with a very easy style, wrapping philosophy, his own outlook on life and Mysticism around life lessons he learnt from his grandfather who was a spiritual leader in the old country, Bangladesh. An example:

"Allah wants us to be compassionate with ourselves".

Rahman is himself the son of a Bangladeshi diplomat and a brand-new citizen of the USA, he teaches Sufism and is a counselor in Seattle; a rare and true man of peace and love towards all Mankind.

Although the book is worked around Islam, Rahman integrates the Devine philosophy in a manner that will appeal to people of all religions or even non-religions. He peppers the book with liberal quotes from Jallaluddin Rumi, the famous Sufi poet which dive deep into the heart and humor of every person. Some Rumi quotes:

On the beneficence of God: "For sixty years, I have been forgetful, every minute; but not for a second has this flowing toward me stopped or slowed".

"You know the value of every article of merchandise but if you do not know the value of your own soul, it is all foolishness".

"Not only the thirsty seek water, the water as well seeks the thirsty".

Quotes from the Prophet Mohammed: "If a man gives up a fight when he is wrong, a house will be built for him in Paradise. But if a man gives up a fight even when he is in the right, a house will be built for him on the loftiest realm of Paradise.

If anything, this book succeeds in transcending religion and presenting the common belief and meditation foundations of all Humanity.

It is indeed a great, moving and inspiring book and WELL worth reading. ... Read more

200. Why I Am a Muslim: An American Odyssey
by Asma Gull Hasan
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Asin: 0007175337
Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Element Books
Sales Rank: 294520
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Book!
Asma Hasan has done it again! Hasan's exceptional new book, WHY I AM A MUSLIM, is the sequel to her first book, AMERICAN MUSLIMS, a well-received volume that Continuum published in 2000 when she was only 26.

As in AMERICAN MUSLIMS, Hasan weaves together engaging, compelling, and interesting anecdotes from her life as an American Muslim with material that relates to the lives of Muslims in the United States and other countries. Hers is a distinctly American story, written in an easily comprehensible style with verve and flair.

Hasan is one of the foremost Muslim literary voices in the Western world. An author, attorney, and commentator, she regularly appears on radio and television programs (e.g., National Public Radio and the Fox News Channel) in the United States and elsewhere. In addition, Hasan is a former DENVER POST columnist and one of the youngest people ever to have an opinion piece published in THE NEW YORK TIMES. She also was the subject of a lengthy and admiring profile in USA TODAY in 2002; this article recognized the importance of her efforts to promote intercultural understanding in the United States and around the globe.

I highly recommend WHY I AM A MUSLIM to readers interested in Islam, Americana, and related topics. This wonderful volume informs, entertains, and challenges readers with its blend of gripping anecdotes, big-picture musings, and penetrating insights. Hasan is an inimitable writer, one whose love for America and Islam comes through on every page of this excellent book.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Who has Chosen Goodness, and John Coltrane
Ignorance is killing the American experience.

Going a long way in bringing some light and truth of the Islamic part of the equation is Asma Hasan in her book Why I am a Muslim (WIAAM). A self-described American-Muslim feminist cow-girl, Asma, who through exercising the everyday freedoms our growing up in this country allows discovered ijtihad (independent thought) along the way, and in her life study, never took looking back seriously enough to miss a forward beat - generating inspiration to and from, well for one, that infectious Sufi source, cutting through the disunity with an Islamic message that is both Qur'anic and personal.

Although the usually Muslim-bashing nominals love her non-threatening demeanor, that doesn't take away from the fact that Asma Hasan (herself) is operating independent of the psychosis-driven re-creationalists. Seeking approval from other than God Alone defines the aforementioned psychosis.

Asma is a kind of self-help-book writer who can say do-as-I-say because what she is saying is so universally true and free enough of polemics the reader can "hear" what she's really saying. While you read what she says enough space is left between the notes set alongside her bass lines, as a way of saying it, to "hear" what your own heart tells you. Who can be more trusted than one who has chosen goodness?

Ordinary Americans, life-long Muslims and stick-in-the-muds alike can learn something here. Asma has told the WIAAM story without imposing preconceived and irrelevant notions dredged up by mullahs, clerics, sheiks, ayatollahs or imams, and has said about God only what she knows.

In Why I am a Muslim, Asma sums up the why in seven reasons; each her lifetime experience as one, and as perfect as the way it is simply because God's will is God's Will; because Islam (as a commitment to peace) is a conscious contact with God experience; because the dynamics of Sufi Islam (today) actualizes the spirituality of the rich Monotheistic mythology, and the 1,400 year history of what we know Islam to be; because the Merciful is also the Mercy-giving; because in the Unity of God there is a perfect place for diversity among the Ummah; because Islam is a woman's religion, and because Islam is an American religion.

WIAAM carries two especially profound messages:

1. Al-Qur'an is a blueprint for what would become our American Bill of Rights, with liberty and justice for all - that includes a freedom of religion and a freedom from religion clause; the protection of religious minorities. "There [should be] no compulsion in religion." [Qur'an 2:256], and

2. Islam is a woman's religion. While it caused me to laugh out loud when I first read it, Asma is quite correct in what she says. The Prophet was indeed a husband and a father. How then, for the sake of peace could Islam have not been a woman's religion too? Women who know al-Qur'an and Islamic law (al-Shariah), know their rights, and woe be unto any man who in the name of Muslim traditions would attempt to deprive those women of their (as) God-given rights.

What we get from Asma is an interpretation of Islam derived from
al-Qur'an, and filtered through the American (at our Bill of Rights best) experience. Islam (peace) is the key to the kind of freedom as we live everyday in the USA, and is also what Why I am a Muslim is about.

Asma's "story" is written-out as an (Asma's word) "inspired" Jazz-like composition; a light and soft touch but with a deep feeling of passion and commitment. The recitals (solos) which Asma refers to (in Islam) as the "read" (iqra), is the dynamic the Prophet tapped into in reciting the words that became al-Qur'an. In submitting wholly to the will of God, the Prophet recited what God would have him say. Jesus ('Isa), the Word of God, spoke what God said through him. Amazing.

The words in WIAAM are as petals, so spontaneously and meticulously arranged within the John Coltrane-like bass lines that range from A Love Supreme when she's talking about the Sufi, to My Favorite Things when she's talking about Fat Greek-like Weddings - with traditional costumes and music to match; her mum and her aunties' stories (and influence) are interwoven all through the text, and her father's consistent attitude and good advice, and so on, just right.

Asma shows us something too in answering negative remarks made about Muslims in the post-911 era with variations of "Islam is a neat, interesting, (and) cool religion." Why I am a Muslim is a fun and smart read. -- dxm

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Far Enough
Ms. Hasan has tried to put a human face on Islam but,except for a few glowing reports, her own religious cohorts are unwilling to allow her to express any corralation between the ideals of a free and democratic society and Islam. One response to her post, someone from "paradise" aka India-insists that only Islam will bring the world to high place of ethics and morality. Will this be before or after we discuss the atrocities committed by the followers of Islam in India itself, the genocide in Armenia (1898-1915) or the palestistinian bus bombers of today.
Ms.Hasan should be more honest and explain why Islam is unable to stop the abuse of honor killings,child labor and poverty in such places as the peoples paradise of India. Is it possible that Islam is a terribly flawed system of belief based upon a prophet who spoke of peace but never found it himself?

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT INFO
Just bought book based upon cover, great picture!
Pleasant style. Just like a short story.
You leave the rest to dust.
Job well done.

Youn KU Punte Hills CA

2-0 out of 5 stars Please list my review, I have edited it
This book is nothing but a Pakistani Asma Gull Hassan advertisement. When reading this book, I felt like I was eating spicy plate of food straight from the jungles of India. She goes on and on about how she orbits around her mother and she is the solar system and she likes pants that are striped which come down to the ankles but they must have a zipper on the side and she does jihad when she walks into Walmart. The ego stroking is enough to put a narcissist to shame.

There were a few sprinkles of good Islamic knowledge, but not enough to be a representative of Islam. Somebody made a review and said this book could have been a classic. Classics are not written by people who collect Barbie dolls. She said ISLAM is a cool religion, as if it is some type of game you play. I bet if she was forced to live in Pakistan, without this freedom she is currently enjoying, she would change her mind real quick because she is a Muslim for the wrong reasons. Although she is an educated lawyer who is quickly aging, she still manages to make so many blunders in the book that I had to list them.

On page 1 she said Salih Muslim, should be Sahih Muslim
Pg 9, she says, my Father laid the down the law....erase the
Pg 29, At some mosques small children, or even visitors....comma after mosques
Pg 56, if you had received it something bad would have happened...comma after it
Pg 103, all religions that strive for justice stand for equality, and that ban the worship of idols... comma after justice

Pg 158, He never had enough money to go school...insert the word to
Pg 159, (The Prophet Muhammad) founded Islam.... Found means to create or bring into being... The Prophet was just a man. He was, like you said, the mouthpiece of God. But to say he founded the religion is blasphemous.
While on the topic of historical errors, you say that some scholars have said polygamy should be ended. Does this mean 4 wives polygamy or the double digit polygamy? If you say the latter, I agree. If you say that no man should ever be able to have 4 wives, even if there is a shortage of men, you are saying that God made a mistake when he made the Koran. You are saying that God should have said.. "And take 1,2,3, or 4 wives for right now, but in the future, don't do it anymore."

Islam means peace but it also means submission to Allah and the rules of his book. If you have already bought this book, I apologize on behalf of all Muslims. If you haven't bought the book, read The Idiots guide to the Koran or any book by Harun Yahya. I look forward to Asma's next book, where she will show us her bare legs on the cover of it. ... Read more

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