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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Kazi Publications, Inc.; 12 edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780935782004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935782004
  • ASIN: 0935782001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "__traci__" on October 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in hopes of better understanding the heritage of a friend and to dispel the common untruths and stereotypes of Muslims in the US. This is easy to read, easy to understand, and very educational. It is sorted by subject matter and Suzanne Haneef did an excellent job in explaining terminology for non-Muslims. This book answers many of my questions and inspired me to continue my Islam education by additional readings. This book has the ability to change some of the common misconceptions of Islam and Muslims.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is written by a White American woman who converted to Islam. It explains Islam in an easy to understand way for Christians and non-Muslims. It is also an excellent primer on Islam and even a help for those considering converting to Islam.
It is a great read for those interested to know what the religion is "truly" about minus media misinformation. It is helpful for those interested in research for a comparitive religion course or those seeking to understand Islam in comparison to Christianity.
It explains the history, the practice and the comparisons in excellent detail. For example, it discusses Jesus and other prophets in Islam as well as the role of women in Islam. It is really the best out there that is written from a Western perspective. In it's 12th edition I definitely feel it will continue to be a reference for years to come.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2004
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Intro: This book is a great intro for Non-muslim readers. I was looking for a book just like this to give to my non-muslim friends. The book is simple and straight forward. It backs itself by using verses from the Holy Quran and Sayings of the Prophet (PBUH). The book also uses logic to explain why Muslims do what they do and what the benefits of the various acts of worship are. Furthermore, the book explains how Islam is not a set of rituals (as commonly understood) but instead is a complete way of life that starts with character and moral development.
Cons: I believe the book was written before 9/11 therefore does not include much about Jihad. I had to supplement this book with a few more articles about Jihad as well as Women in Islam (the two most misunderstood concepts).
Overally, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Islam or Muslims.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Richardson on September 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
She makes grammatical mistakes -- using a colon when she should've used a semicolon; writing `which' when she should have used `that'. Sometimes she gropes unsuccessfully for the right words. Her understanding of Christian theology is occasionally unsophisticated. THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ISLAM, 2nd ed., by Yahiya Emerick, explains Islam to Americans more clearly than does this book.

But when Haneef wrote her book, Emerick's book wasn't around. Back in the mid-nineties, the only books on the subjects were written by lifelong-Muslim clerics with passable English, and who wrote a lot of grand statements that Americans were unable to understand, or were expected to (pardon the pun) take on faith because the author was a shaykh or mullah. Trust me, those books are a waste of your time, at least at first.

Suzanne Haneef looked around, saw that there were no book on Islam by an American, explaining Islam to Americans, and so she wrote such a book. It is precisely because she wasn't five-star qualified for the job that I applaud her for taking up such a daunting task.

Two final remarks: a) My criticisms of the book are to explain why I didn't give it the highest rating. I give it four stars -- it's still a good book, overall. b) I'm an atheist (Arabic, _kafir_) who is researching Islam for a novel I'm writing.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A frugal consumer on August 23, 2002
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I have read this book numerous times and have bought so many copies that I ended up having to give away to my friends and co-workers. It is written by a White American woman who converted to Islam after being in the Christian faith all her life. That is why she gives a great perspective to non-Muslim readers because she explains it through the eyes of a non-Muslim who later embraced the religion.
I find it offensive how the earlier person wrote a perspective to make it seem that Islam discriminates against women. How untrue. Islam actually liberated women. It gave women far more rights that were unheard of at the time. Islam is pure, however followers of any religion are not perfect. God never created man as perfect. He gave them free will so that they can be judged. The items mentioned by the reviewer such as in Kuwait and Women cannot drive in Saudi Arabia and such are all items that are a result of an oppressive patriarchal culture overseas and nothing to do with Islam. Religion has always historically been corrupted by those who seek to oppress, however, there is nothing in Islam that condones such behavior. In fact, cars were never created in the Prophets time so can you explain who came up with that rule? Men did. Not Islam.
So if you have a doubt, read the book. To also get beyond the prejudices and misconceptions and to truly research the reality from the Quran try reading "Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective" by Amina Wadud. To quote from the book description: "Muslim progressives have long argued that it is not the religion but patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qu'ran that have kept women oppressed...
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