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The Muslim Next Door 1st (first) edition Text Only Paperback – 2008
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I don't care who you are or what faith tradition you follow, this book is necessary. I use the word necessary because it's the only one that fits. Really. This book should be required reading in America. Ms. Ali-Karamali has written gently, and repectfully, with humor, and also with an authoritative scholarly voice. I can't remember the last time I carried a book around with me the way I have carried this book. Part of the power of this book for me has been in the experience of carrying it with me and encountering the interest and puzzlement of other people simply in reaction to the title. Always with the "Why are you reading that?" as a kind of subtext. I have enjoyed carrying the book with me as a social experiment, and as a way to enter into the suggested topics for discussion in the back of the book. This book will stay with me a long time.
I read a previous review of the book that said something like it was a quick read. I would say, instead, that this book is very approachable while maintaining its scholarly integrity. It provides citations, easily notated by chapter, an historical chronology, and recommendations for further reading. It should be taught. How lucky would be the students of the author herself. She should tour. Seriously. At the least, this book should be required reading in curricula around the country.
I have gone over my copy carefully and have dog earred and post-it marked and highlighted and underscored. I have read the chapters in order and returned to them again. I have sat thinking deeply about the questions for discussion at the end of the book.Read more ›
Finally, a book appeared that was, literally, the answer to my search. Sumbul Ali-Karamali's book, "The Muslim Next Door:the Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing", provides a clear, comprehensive and often entertaining explanation of the religion of Islam and the life of a practicing Muslim. I give full credit to her for adding critical depth and breadth to my, and my students', understanding of Islam and what it shares with Judaism and Christianity.The longest chapter in the book is dedicated to women's status in Islam, providing a powerful counterbalance to media coverage of Saudi Arabia and the Taliban's treatment of women. Ms Ali-Karamali's impeccable academic and professional credentials, as well as her knowledge of Arabic, allows her to identify and correct many misconceptions and misinterpretations of the Qur'an. Her informal writing style, with personal anecdotes to which young people and adults can equally relate, illuminates complex aspects in a clear, understandable way. Not only is this book an invaluable educational tool and a primer for building understanding among different cultures and religions, it will have a profound personal impact on anyone who reads it.
However she tends to gloss over historically relevant points that can undermine her premise. She describes jizya taxes in almost positive terms and never once discusses the dhimmi laws intended to subjugate monotheists of other faiths. While I can understand her reluctance to delve into these issues in great detail, had she done so her book would have earned greater credibility in my eyes. Every faith has strengths and flaws. She appears to fall into the "No True Scotsman" fallacy on a number of occasions. A faith can be arguably defined by the practices of its contemporary majority, regardless of what an ideal interpretation would represent. Islam as well as other faiths (Orthodox Judaism and Amish Mennonite, for example) can be very legalistic. Legalism tends to trend towards some dehumanization.
Additionally, she neglected to discuss some extraordinary facts regarding the history if Islam. There's no question that Muslim societies have made incredible and irreplaceable contributions to world culture, science and art. But for the scholars in medieval Muslim societies, Egyptian and Greek science and mathematics might very well have been lost.Read more ›
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A necessary read for people who desire to learn more about our Muslim neighbors and the faith that they practice. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cynthia W Yoshitomi
I did learn a lot about Islam from this book, but I found it very repititious and biased. Major themes were repeated ad nauseum. If one is to believe Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lois
Ive read the hadith and the Quran in arabic also.Islam is not a religion of peace nor does Islam mean peace.I was very disturbed at my findings.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
For anyone who wants a clear and concise understanding from an adherent's perspective, this is a good read.Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth A. Nobles
What a nice introduction into understanding the Muslim religion.
Of course there are differences among any two religions but there
are similarities--lots of them and this... Read more
The author seems to go off in tangents instead of fleshing out a particular aspect. I do like her ability to tell us about her religion and her desire to inform us about the true... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frustrated shopper
I liked this book. I don't know this for sure, but it felt as though it was an accurate portrayal. As a Mormon, I recognized some of the problems she faced being different.Published 11 months ago by Lainey
This is a simply wonderful book! Recently in my life I've met and grown close to some Muslim friends, and I really wanted to gain a greater understanding of Islam to better connect... Read morePublished 11 months ago by eaa