Learning about Muslims

November 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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What with the upsurge of hostility toward Muslims in recent months, it becomes increasingly clear that a lot of us here in the US need to learn more about Islam, and about our brothers and sisters who practice Islam. A post on the blog of Bill Tammeus, a former religion writer for the Kansas City Star, introduces several books that make such learning possible, including Lesley Hazelton’s After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split , and What’s Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West by Feisal Abdul Rauf (of the “Ground Zero Mosque,” really Park51, fame). 

But the book about Islam that I’m really interested in is one Tammeus doesn’t highlight. It’s Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet, by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010). Here’s what Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California has to say about this book: “Ibrahim Abdul-Matin not only shows the myriad ways American Muslims are contributing to the resolution of the environmental crisis that threatens us all but also goes a long way toward humanizing the Muslim community by sharing with the reader the lives of so many extraordinary, talented, and visionary people.” As a person increasingly convinced that environmental degradation is the challenge facing people of faith around the world, this is a book I really want to read.

Why don’t you take a look at one of these three and let me know what you think?


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