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Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam Hardcover – June 11, 2010
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"Ahmed is an engaging and perceptive tour guide who interviews Muslims from all walks of life: imams, rappers, businessmen and women, doctors, engineers, and refugees...[He] has written an important account that could help non-Muslims and Muslims create a more tolerant and welcoming nation."—Karl Helicher, http://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/journey-into-america-the-challenge-of-islam/, ForeWord Magazine
"A brilliant follow-up to Journey into Islam. Ahmed's insights should be required reading for anyone grappling with national security, national identity, and national cohesion in today's complex era."—Colonel David Kilcullen, author of The Accidental Guerrilla
"An absolutely riveting journey into an America most Americans have no idea about. As the U.S. faces up to the tensions within its own Muslim communities, it could not be more timely."—Christina Lamb, Washington Bureau Chief, Sunday Times
"My friend Professor Ahmed came to America in the great tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville: a perceptive foreigner affectionately looking at America and American identity. This important new book advances his heroic, even dangerous, 'five minutes to midnight' effort to save us from our foolish mutual animosities. Pray his efforts are not too late."—Tony Blankley, Washington Times and Heritage Foundation
"A timely and stimulating contribution to a critically important issue: the West's (and especially America's) relationship to Islam."—Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser
"What a wonderful, wonderful work! This book presents great insight into the diversity and vibrancy of American Islam and its potential to help achieve the American promise."—Eboo Patel, Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core
"In the tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville, Akbar Ahmed has had a conversation with and about America which illuminates an important part of our national identity."—Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, former United States Senator and presidential candidate
" Journey into America is an essential pillar in the effort to build the interfaith bridge of understanding. It will inform, provoke, and inspire Americans of all colors, cultures, and faiths."—U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
"In his latest book and documentary, Journey Into America: The Challenge of Islam, Ahmed clearly shows how American ignorance of Islam causes us to unjustly malign a faith that more than a billion people hold dear....Ahmed's Journey Into America is well worth reading."—Joyce Davis, Harrisburg Patriot-News
"He's a very wonderful man it's such an interesting study it's a great study and it completely drives home the incredible diversity of something that I think, in our eyes, we view as a monolith and anything that lends that, obviously, is very helpful."—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
"He is the author of Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam. It's a great book. Details so much--the struggles we are in right now in dealing with all these things around the world. Terrific read."—John Roberts, CNN "American Morning"
"A wonderful book...its so comprehensive, it's great."—Alisyn Camerota, Fox News
"Believe me, its a monumental, fascinating, wonderfully readable and engaging book."—Maureen Fiedler, Interfaith Voices/NPR
"Dr. Akbar Ahmed has written a landmark work that must be read by every American if our nation is to re-affirm its commitment to the principles of American Democracy and its gift of sustaining religious plurality. Muslims in America are once again under the cultural microscope of a nation that has yet to recover emotionally from the horrors of 9/11. Driven by fear of the "other" and a lack of understanding about Islam and Muslims, America is at a crossroads. Can we live into the high ideals of America's founding fathers who cherished religious diversity? Or are we as a nation going to be influenced by another America, an America fueled by ignorance and religious xenophobia?"—The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D., Episcopal Bishop of Washington
"Dr Akbar Ahmed's latest book Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam is timely, important and audacious. It is a remarkably perceptive account of the Muslim experience in post-9/11 America."—Maleeha Lodi, International News
"Rarely have I read a book that is as timely, informative and engaging as Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam by Dr. Akbar Ahmed, considered one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the world."—Maureen Fiedler, http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/journey-america-challenge-islam, National Catholic Reporter
"Ahmed's research is superb...readers unfamiliar with Islam will walk away with a much firmer grasp of its nuances, and everyone will likely learn a great deal about American self-perception."— Publishers Weekly
"Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam is a timely, important, and profoundly engaging study of the tensions that exist within the American identity."—Ilhan Niaz, http://southasia-online.com/book-reviews/613-value-of-freedom.html, South Asia
"A truly remarkable book."—Byron Borger, http://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com/booknotes/journey_into_america_the_chall/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter, Hearts and Minds Bookstore
"Dr. Akbar Ahmed, a renowned Islamic Scholar, in his latest book Journey into America clearly outlines that it's not the heart and minds of the global Muslim world Obama needs to win, but the hearts and minds of American Muslims."—Amra Tareen, Allvoices
"[A] unique and ground breaking book."—Nicole Queen, Queen of Islam blog
"Rarely have I read a book that is as timely, informative and engaging as Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam by Dr. Akbar Ahmed, considered one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the world."—Maureen Fiedler, National Catholic Reporter, Maureen Fiedler's blog
"[A] much-needed exercise in bridge-building... a remarkable academic exercise."—Karamatullah K. Ghori, DAWN (Pakistan
"Ultimately, we end up as either part of the solution or part of the problem...We can't bridge the understanding gap without knowledge. Journey into America is a major contribution in that regard."—John Milewski, Huffington Post
Top Customer Reviews
The variety of Muslim communities is both very interesting and disturbing. While most communities and individuals do seek integration into American society, there is a sizeable group that feels alienated by American culture and likely will never fully integrate. Clearly Muslims know they are a minority in this culture--as do Jewish Americans--and that poses a challenge for any minority, beginning with America's earliest history. The discussion of African American Muslimes, and how they date back to our earliest history, including Muslims among slaves brought from Africa, and how today most African American Muslims would identify as Sunnis, is revealing.
The discussion of interaction among native born Muslims (mostly African Americans) and immigrants is also significant in its implications.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I may not have agreed with everything, there was so much that hit home. As a writer I was looking for the other side and I certainly found it.Published 23 months ago by Mary Jane Forbes
Akbar Ahmed's each book ventures into areas that keep on raising the bars to theological and intellectual standards. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by American Express
America has no national language, no national religion, and was built on equality in the eyes of the law. Then why do so many citizens find themselves outcasts? Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
In characterizing the American behaviors, I finding the author's classifications no different than what you find in any society. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by sj