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American Muslims: Voir Dire [Speak the Truth] Paperback – August 1, 2002


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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Books Llc (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881504557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881504559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,829,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Out with the old and in with the new: 'Voir Dire'...brims with fresh ideas whose time has come." -- Michael Wolfe, author of "One Thousand Roads to Mecca"

About the Author

Ahmed Younis is a student at Washington & Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. He has published a number of articles on international policy for the National Model United Nations, most recently serving as director of the Commission on the Status of Women. His publications include, "Gender Representation in Post Conflict Situations," "Eradication of Poverty" and "Mid-Term Review of the Medium Term System Wide Plan for the Advancement of Women within the U.N. System."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Chovan on December 6, 2002
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This short book provides a good introduction to some of the topics relevant to American Muslims today. Mr. Younis provides a nice overview of the tenets of Islam, the contradiction of American values in stigmatizing Muslims since September 11th, and the tensions and history involved in dealing with the current turmoil in Palestine. I especially agreed with the assertation that the so-called "moderate" Islam is actually the original Islam as taught by Muhammad. The author has a perspective that he wishes to share with fellow Americans, be they Muslim or not, and incorporates current and scholarly references in his defense of that view. It is hoped that Mr. Younis will continue to expand on his ideas in subsequent books as these essays are really brief introductions to his views. The book is not difficult to read and would serve as a good reader for high school level and above classes dealing with current trends in World History and in the United States. Overall, a very good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hadi on October 17, 2002
This appears to be the cliff notes of the progressive American Islamic movement of the past twenty something years. It highlights all the main issues, but in the light of, and with the strong emphasis, of an American/Islamic perspective. It even appears to be published with the intention of summarizing the past and opening up a future discourse on Islam in America that can be diverted from the old limitations that once inhibited it, allowing for a broader and more open forum to discuss issues that relate to American Islam. So while nothing new or groundbreaking is stated or revealed, it comes off as a nice, concise handy-dandy reference book written in progressive overtones for American Muslims. I personally enjoyed the bit towards the end- the "message to my peers" and the oath.
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By Adean on September 13, 2012
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Ahmed Younis introduced pretty familiar ideas in his book, but his note to his peers-- a message to the youth was probably one of the more powerful things I've read. It demands that Muslim-American youth wake up, find their identities, and be ready to face the challenges that come ahead. And if they choose to accept the challenges, they will benefit the Ummah at large. Great read.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LQQker on December 27, 2005
The premise of this book is misleading. Mr. younis in my opinion is a hireling of the Neo Cons who are the main drive for war against Iraq, Islam and the Muslims. His definition of a Moderate Muslim is one who divorces theology and its practice from politics. Muslims are suppose to speak out against oppression no matter what forms it takes. For a Muslim to remain silent against any oppression is one of the highest form of apostasy. And this dissent against oppression can take any form including taking up Arms. For these Neo-Mod Muslims, it is about image saving more so than substance.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LQQker on December 27, 2005
The premise of this book is misleading. Mr. younis in my opinion is a hireling of the Neo Cons who are the main drive for war against Iraq, Islam and the Muslims. His definition of a Moderate Muslim is one who divorces theology and its practice from politics. Muslims are suppose to speak out against oppression no matter what forms it takes. For a Muslim to remain silent against any oppression is one of the highest form of apostasy. And this dissent against oppression can take any form including taking up Arms. For these Neo-Mod Muslims, it is about image saving more so than substance.
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