Do you have a Friend who inquires you about Islam or a Neighbor who Simply has a wrong notion on Islam?Gift him this Book!
Thank you to the Islamophobic media that People are judgmental when it comes to Islam. Because of the negative Image that the Media has painted ,It gets difficult for us to explain Islam to someone who doesn’t know what Islam is all about .
Using her own experiences along with extensive research, Sumbul Ali-Karamali has written an engaging and important book that will hopefully aid in understanding of Muslims in the Western worldview.In Her Book,”The Muslim Next Door”,She talks about the misconception People have about Islam .She answers why people think the Quran is violent, oppressive, etc. Ali-Karamali makes a very good case to the reader of why an English translation of the Quran cannot just be picked up, read, and understood due to the fact that the actual Quran is in Arabic and from a time 1,300 years ago in which verses were revealed due to specific circumstances. She even delves into the linguistic nature of Arabic that can cause trouble for non-Arabic speakers. Therefore, an English translation with no footnotes or context given for verses should not be the basis of one’s understanding of the Quran.
The author also writes about why these misconceptions remain to exist, citing the media’s lack of fair coverage as one source. For example, she writes about how people still wonder, and have asked her, why the Muslim clergy and the Muslims in general have not made statements denouncing the acts of 9/11. She explains the extent to which Muslims have denounced the attacks but how they never made the news. Furthermore, she points out the difference in language the media uses when the story is about Muslims, for example she writes: “We do not ‘attack’ Muslims, we ‘respond’ to them,” she says.
About the Book,”The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing”
Sumbul Ali-Karamali is an American Muslim mom and former lawyer who grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. In addition to her degree in English from Stanford and her law degree from University of California at Davis, she has a degree in Islamic law from the University of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Through her books, essays, and lectures, she answers questions on Islam and Muslims, both from within her tradition and from an academic perspective.
Why Read /Gift this Book ?
Written from the point of view of an American Muslim, the book addresses what readers in the Western world are most curious about, beginning with the basics of Islam and how Muslims practice their religion before easing into more complicated issues like jihad, Islamic fundamentalism, and the status of women in Islam. Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali’s vivid anecdotes about growing up Muslim and female in the West, along with her sensitive, scholarly overview of Islam, combine for a uniquely insightful look at the world’s fastest growing religion.
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