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The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook Paperback – August 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0979253126 ISBN-10: 0979253128 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Acacia Publishing, Inc.; 1st edition (August 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979253128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979253126
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are all Muslims terrorists? Does Muslim culture clash with American culture? Can Muslim teens go to the prom? Casual, colloquial, joking, contemporary, and passionate, this interactive handbook by two Arizona teens and their mom talks about their faith, about what it is like to be both proud Americans and proud Muslims, and about misunderstandings and stereotypes. Originally self-published in 2007, this revised paperback edition has a new afterword, updated coverage of social issues, and new chapters on interfaith discussion and Muslim fundamentalism and extremism. The design, which encourages browsing, includes occasional photos and lots of colored screens with questions and answers, as well as survival tips for dealing with stereotypes in a post-9/11 world. There are also step-by-step guides on how to pray, how to read the Qur’an, and how to fast at Ramadan. Muslim and non-Muslim teens alike will be caught by the candor, the humor, and the call for interfaith dialogue and tolerance. Great for group discussion. Grades 7-12. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I believe it is a path-breaking and invaluable window into how some Muslim teens are coping with the challenges of growing up in the West. I found it both eye-opening and encouraging. It gives me hope for the future. As such, it is a must-read for all who care about the future of Islam in the West. --Dr. Jeffrey Lang - author of Struggling to Surrender, Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America, and Losing My Religion: A Call for Help

Aspires to nothing less than bridging a cultural chasm... Amid its witty aside sand tongue-in-cheek answers to multiple-choice questions, the handbook clearly stakes out a position for a moderate, flexible version of Islam, one that places a higher premium on moral intent than reflexive observance of every rule... --Samuel G. Freedman - New York Times

This is a terrific, personable, and useful book for young Muslims and for people of all ages and faiths including the secular, who are still trying to figure out the difference between a great majority of actual American Muslims--real people like the rest of us--and the crazed stereotypes generated by war headlines thousands of miles away. Full of candor, contemporary savvy, and wisdom beyond mere years, the Handbook should be in the hands and on the minds of inquiring Americans everywhere. --Michael Wolfe - author of The Hadj and Taking Back Islam

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The advice offered is wise and useful.
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This extremely accessible book is an easy introduction to Islam for those who do not follow or are unfamiliar with the basic tenets of the religion.
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An outstanding book that will prove easy to read and well well worth the read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carol P. Chapelli on September 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
One of the great things about this book is that, although it targets the American Muslim teenage audience, it is enlightening and informative for anyone. As a teacher, mother and Episcopalian, I found this book informative on so many levels. It educated me on quite a few details of Islamic trditions and history that I'm embarrassed to admit I never understood. It also approaches conformity to the religion with an open, accepting and forgiving tone that is bound to appeal to any Muslim teenager trying to figure out how to harmonize his/her faith with the demands of American teenage culture. This open-eyed, practical and modern analysis is filled with realistic and funny wit, providing an easy way for anyone out there to understand moreabout a religion that, in this post 9/11 world, has been so stereopyped and feared. To borrow a descriptive used by the authors themselves, it is "deliciously different!"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Georgine Ahmad on September 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
In my opinion this handbook is an even a more important read for the non-Muslim teenager as it will finally give some answers, guidance and clarity to the mysteries and misconceptions Christian and Jewish American teenagers often have about this religion. It is a book any teenager will reach for in the bookstore: because it has been written by teenagers, has an attractive paper back cover, carries clear concise and often witty language, with a colorful layout, fun pictures and quizzes, and it is not too long... something teenagers will appreciate in their often to-fit-it-all-in lives!! I hope this book will become available in every library and at every middle and high school in the USA. As a non American but living in USA, I also urge the writers to eventually edit this book in order to make it suitable for a world wide teenage audience... there will certainly be a need for it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Montedor44 on February 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book takes a lively look at some of the questions that Muslim teens in America need answers to. The style of writing and the layout is engaging and accommodates readers afflicted or blessed with short attention span.

While the book is sprinkled with frequent quotations from the Quran, clearly it is not meant to be an in-depth treatise on Islam, either in the personal sphere or as an adequate source of history and facts with which the reader can maintain serious discussion with non-Muslims, or even with other Muslims. To its credit, the book encourages its young readers to learn more about their religion, but it doesn't guide them or warn them of things that they will discover.

Considering the large number of subjects covered, it is inevitable that this slender book leaves the reader short here and there. On the question for example of whether Muslim girls should wear hijab, one who does, says, "My religion tells me to - I have to wear one if I'm a Muslim.", and one who doesn't, says, "I don't feel that my religion requires it." While earlier in the book it is stated that most of the Quran is clear in meaning, and at the beginning of this section appears a quote (33:59) that suggests that women should "draw their wraps a little over them", the question is by no means cleared up. The naive Muslim girl is not prepared to defend herself in conversation with other Muslims, such as her parents, who may claim to know the correct answer, and can force the issue.

On larger issues - political aspects of Islam - page 90 shows a street rally poster reading "ISLAM MEANS PEACE". If a Muslim teen reader goes no further, he will not be prepared to hold his own in a discussion where someone informs him that "Islam" means "submission".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Teacher on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Here it is. An outstanding book that will prove easy to read and well well worth the read. I've tried several books which try to help shed light on Muslims. This is the one I kept on reading and the only one I've purchased multiple copies to give to family and associates.
Hope this delightful trio will write more. Buy this one. You'll be very pleased with it light tone and excellent overview.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corina Fastwolf on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book for all libraries and classrooms...both for libraries in Muslim communities, and for neighborhoods where Muslims are people "seen on the news." The writing is fresh and fun, and shows Muslims are as diverse as all other groups of people. It's also a great starting point for discussions, and it would make an excellent partner for a novel like Does My Head Look Big in This? in a book group or class discussion.
This is NOT one of those boring, prescriptive books that never get checked out. The authors are young, intelligent and writing about what they know. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evergreen on October 2, 2009
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This book is both frank and funny, spirited and spiritual. It is a handbook not only for American Muslim teenagers but American teenagers of all religious persuasions who would like to know a little more about Islam in the United States. The advice offered is wise and useful.

Like all religions, Islam is complex. The handbook is not and does not pretend to be an Encyclopedia of Islam. It is not, nor does it pretend to be *the* voice of Islam. But it is a voice of Islam in America, and a cheerful and very readable voice at that. I'm not a teenager by any means. But I'm very glad I read it. And if I had a teenager who wanted to know more about Islam, "The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook" is the book I would recommend.
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