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Dr. Jeffrey Lang is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas. He converted to Islam in the early 1980s.
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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Amana Pubns; 1st edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915957671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915957675
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Lang has presented the mercy and compassion of Allah, in particular, so persuasively that I, another former atheist, have followed him to Islam -- I was interested in learning about the religion but had not thought I would actually convert. For other potential converts it might be the way he describes the logic and intelligence of the Qur'an which would do it, or his obvious sincerity and honesty in telling why and how he converted, with many of the emotional components of his experience.
In my opinion this book is better than his other book, Struggling to Surrender, and I'm glad I read this one first. I wonder if those who have been Muslims all their lives have any idea how many converts this book is likely to produce. It is too bad it is not better known.
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Written by an ex-atheist who accepted Islam almost twenty years ago, the book is an account of Jeffrey Lang's struggle to find answers to the various issues he has faced since his conversion. This makes the book a post-conversion, not conversion story.
Lang recounts the two-fold difficulty of being a "Westerner" and a "Muslim". On the one hand he or she is a member of a faith that, in a Western context, is hardly considered a viable intellectual alternative. This prejudice, points out Lang, has deep historical roots: Islam was the only major force that seriously threatened Christian Europe. This led to the emergence of biases that continue to loom in the Western psyche's Subconscious. You can become Buddhist and your decision is respected - perhaps even admired - but becoming Muslim is almost like treason since it means joining the "other", the age old-enemy. Lang relates the story of his Catholic mother who was more at ease with his atheism than his Islam. Lang's other difficulty as a Western Muslim comes from the Muslim side. He finds that many Muslim immigrants to the West bring their "version" of Islam, failing to realise that their's is just one version among others. Often these various "Islams" have grown on very different social and cultural soils and are inseparable from the contexts from which they emerged. What Lang argues for is the need for a "Western Islam", one which caters to the particular psychology of modern Westerners. This, he feels, is the only way Islam can survive, and even flourish, in the West.
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Dr. Lang bravely bares his soul for the benefit of American Muslims. His journey through various spiritual stages is inspiring - especially the difficulties he faced as a convert to Islam. He tackles many of the challenges/obstacles/controversies that face Islam in America: how to separate Islam from culture, tradition, and politics. He is not afraid to expose what he believes to be the shortcomings of the Muslim ummah. But he turns the same sharply critical eye on his past and admits to his own mistakes. His criticism though, is meant to show where American Muslims need to progress and grow. Though I do not agree entirely with Dr. Lang's practice of Islam (since he places a great deal of emphasis on the Quran but is less heedful of Hadith/Sunnah), he inarguably has some very important things to say. His book will appeal to young American Muslims because Dr. Lang explains the basis of his faith in a very logical, realistic, and *American* way. And certainly this book is a very important resource for new Muslims who may be feeling lost in a new world. Dr. Lang uses very clear, simple language to express himself so the book is very easy reading.
I am not sure this book would be comprehensible to a non-Muslim who is unfamiliar with the internal dynamics of Muslim communities (not knowing the differences between sects, nationalities, cultures, age groups, political inclinations, etc). If one has a new or casual interest in Islam, this book is too focused to be a good starting point. It might be interesting reading for someone with a core knowledge/understanding of Islam and the Muslim world.
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A wonderful Book! A must-read!.It put me to tears.I could not put this book down.I highly recommend it. Beautifully written. It is a wake up call for all of us immigrant muslims,who do much disservice in the spread of Islam in North America. For new converts,and non-muslims who are are interested in reverting to Islam, this book lays the ground to what you would expect in your journey.Stay steadfast and God will guide you.As a muslim immigrant, I was ashamed to see that a convert muslim was more jealous, and understood Islam better than myself, and others I know, who were born and raised as such. Dr Lang, may God bless you with his mercy.Not only will I recommend this book to my muslim friends, but God willing I will be more involved in my community mosque and Islamic Center.
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Jeffrey Lang has ingeniously expressed the essence of the convert's experience. I wept tears of joy at having discovered that my feelings, difficulties, and apprehensions were not unique. I especially liked how Jeffrey Lang warns against some of the common pitfalls of converts. He is a remarkable author that is quite sensitive and candid.
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