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"The inspiring, informative, and well-documented narratives of Muslim champions of nonviolence presented in Searching for a King make a coherent and powerful case for Islamic nonviolence today."

Prof. Abdullahi A. An-Naim, Emory Law School
Author of Islam and the Secular State (Harvard, 2008)

“Jeffry Halverson has written a book of extreme importance for our times. Searching for a King is a well-researched, meaningful, and much-needed volume that convincingly rebuts a narrative of violence that has for too long dominated discussions of Islam and Muslims. Offering a glimpse into the lives and works of five champions of peace, he reveals hidden beautiful teachings and unsung courageous acts that tell a different, inspiring story. Anyone who values peace and desires more equality in the world owes it to himself or herself to read this book.”—Nathan Lean, author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims
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“The inspiring, informative, and well-documented narratives of Muslim champions of nonviolence presented in Searching for a King make a coherent and powerful case for Islamic nonviolence today.”—Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, professor at Emory Law School and author of Islam and the Secular State
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"Jeffry Halverson has written a book of extreme importance for our times. Searching for a King is a well-researched, meaningful, and much-needed volume that convincingly rebuts a narrative of violence that has for too long dominated discussions of Islam and Muslims. Offering a glimpse into the lives and works of five champions of peace, he reveals hidden beautiful teachings and unsung courageous acts that tell a different, inspiring story. Anyone who values peace and desires more equality in the world owes it to himself or herself to read this book."

Nathan Lean, Editor-In-Chief of Aslan Media
Author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims
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  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (September 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612344690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612344690
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,121,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Searching for a King provides a provocative counter-argument to those who believe Islam is inherently violent. With so much destruction and violence in Northern Africa and the Middle East, it's important that people around the world be reminded that the actions of radical Islamists don't reflect the feelings and attitudes of all Muslims. By spotlighting some of the greatest Muslim champions of nonviolence, Halverson illustrates a surprisingly deep tradition of peaceful resistance. Whereas Ayaan Hirsi Ali's INFIDEL would seem to suggest that Islam cannot adapt to the 21st century, Halverson's book strikes a more hopeful tone, suggesting that Islam can evolve and flourish by adopting a nonviolent interpretation of jihad. Still, as its title would suggest, the book is a call to action for a leader such as Martin Luther King or Mahatma Ghandi to step forward from the Muslim world. Imagine what a difference such a leader could make at this sensitive time.
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Provides great insight into the politics of Islam and the faith demonstrated by extraordinary individuals seeking peace. Very well written and an excellent book for both the scholar and the person interested in learning more about future of Islam.
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