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American Islam

The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion

Paul M. Barrett

Picador

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
A Quill Book Award Finalist
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year
 
There are as many as six million Muslims in the United States today. Together with Christianity and Judaism, Islam is now an American religion, and the struggles of Muslims to reconcile their intense and demanding faith with our permissive society are the makings of a new chapter in the American story.
 
In American Islam, Paul M. Barrett takes readers into Muslim homes, mosques, and private gatherings from West Virginia to Los Angeles, depicting a population of striking variety. In vivid, subtle, artful prose, Barrett tells us seven representative stories of American Muslims in all their stereotype-defying complexity. Here is a black imam with a storefront mosque in Brooklyn who was once known as Jeffrey 12X of the Nation of Islam, whose lectures are distributed worldwide on cassette tapes; here is a tech-savvy graduate student in Idaho whose life grows complicated after the Patriotic Act is put into effect. Here are immigrant and native-born Muslims, black and white converts, Muslims who are well integrated into the larger society and those who are alienated and extreme in their political views. Here are Muslims who have succeeded in material terms and enriched our hybrid society, and those who have been shunned and hunted in the years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Praise for American Islam

"Paul M. Barrett has written a rich book full of insights into a religion many Americans don't know enough about."--Chicago Tribune

 

"A thoughtful exploration that is both comforting and alarming . . . American Islam reveals the variety of Muslim experience in the U.S., as well as profound aspects of Islam that are underappreciated in this country."--The Wall Street Journal

 

"These seven lives, and all the others they represent, heighten my sense that we should be practicing a more complicated patriotism, one with a pluralistic gaze."--Los Angeles Times

 

"Well wrought and engaging . . . A welcome antidote to the wide spread Islamophobia that has infected so many Americans over the last five years . . . The book makes a compelling argument that the greatest tool in America's arsenal in the 'war on terror' may be its own thriving and thoroughly assimilated Muslim community."--The Washington Post Book World

 

"Timely and engaging."--The New York Times

 

"This is a smart, careful look at America in the post-9/11 world. It is definitely worth the time of anyone wondering where the country is going."--Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

 

"[American Islam] fills a real need and does so remarkably well. . . . It delivers a set of powerful insights about Muslim life in the United States and the tensions that are shaping the community . . . Barrett's carefully crafted approach is a smart one."--Slate.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Paul M. Barrett

  • Paul M. Barrett, for eighteen years a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, where this book originated, currently directs the investigative reporting team at BusinessWeek. He is the author of The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America.

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The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion

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