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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060750626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060750626
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book shows that the only possible way forward is by the assiduous cultivation of mutual respect.” (Karen Armstrong, author of The Battle for God, from the foreword)

“An excellent work of bridge building!” (Professor Dr. Hans Kung, President, Global Ethic Foundation, author of On Being a ChristianProfessor Dr. Hans Kung, President, Global Ethic Foundation, author of On Being a Christian)

“Wise and well-written, this important book is a ‘MUST’ for any thinking person who cares about our world.” (Lord Carey of Clifton, Chair of World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders on West-Islamic World Dialogue)

“At long last, a book that helps “us Westerners” to see Muslims as they wish to see themselves.” (Gunnar Stålsett - Bishop of Oslo, Lutheran Church of Norway, member of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee)

“A searching, thoughtful and reasoned alternative to the shrill doomsayers who proclaim a ‘clash of civilizations.’” (Shashi Tharoor, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information)

“The publication of this book is a timely event, providing objective, serious responses to challenges that Islam faces today.” (Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, author of The Heart of Islam)

Rauf argues that what keeps the Islamic world and America apart is economics, politics, Muslim defensiveness—everything but religion. (Publishers Weekly)

“An important counterweight to anti-Islamic polemics.” (Library Journal)

“An invigorating glimpse into the heart and mind of a wise Muslim seeking the higher ground.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“What’s Right with Islam... reveals a man dedicated to fitting the Muslim square peg into an American round hole - an at times awkward task that Rauf often carries out quite effectively.” (Religion Dispatches Magazine)

About the Author

Feisal Abdul Rauf is the imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City. Shortly after the attacks of September 11, he appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including BBC World, ABC News, CBS Evening News, CNN, and 60 Minutes. Born in Kuwait to a long line of imams, Abdul Rauf was educated in England, Egypt, and Malaysia. He is also a graduate of Columbia University in the United States. In 1997, Imam Abdul Rauf founded the ASMA Society, a not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to building bridges between the American public and American Muslims, and cofounded the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith effort to help heal the relationship between the Muslim world and America. A trustee of the Islamic Center of New York, he is on the board of One Voice, a group whose initiative is to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and was recently appointed as a member of the Council of 100 Leaders to the World Economic Forum on West-Islamic World Dialogue. Abdul Rauf is the author of two previous books, Islam: A Search for Meaning and Islam: A Sacred Law, What Every Muslim Should Know About the Shari'ah.

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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Living Unbound on August 29, 2010
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I will be honored to walk through any community center created by this man. Like many of us, I first learned of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in connection with the "mosque" (aka YMCA-like community center) at "Ground Zero" (aka the former World Trade Center complex, destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001). As Americans naturally do, I supported this community center based on the freedom of religion guaranteed in the Constitution. However, I began to have some doubts, based on negative statements about Feisal Abdul Rauf that I saw in the media. As I like to do, I did my own research; it's so easy to verify facts, via credible sources, via Google, these days. What I learned is that the author of this book is a respected cleric, and a leader in inter-faith dialog and relations, in New York City, nationally, and internationally. He is a patriotic American, and a devoted Sufi Muslim. I've learned a lot about both Islam and America, reading this book (I'm American, but Rauf makes points about democracy, the balance of power in the United States. etc. that I certainly never learned in any high school or college class). His scholarship is impeccable (he is clearly an intelligent, educated person -- and he cites all sources diligently, throughout the book). People who have already pre-judged Muslims as being non-peaceful may not like this book, because Rauf points out how non-factual that view is, and backs his statements up by citing sources, and offering genuinely logical, well-reasoned and insightful views which highlight the generally peaceful nature and intent of almost all Muslims. I'm very, very impressed with Imam Rauf, and with this book.Read more ›
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36 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 18, 2008
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This is an interesting read. It is very focused on highlighting similarities between Islam and Western religions. In some places it glosses over points of contention between the religions, but the objective of the book is obviously to make readers realize that killing each other because of our differences is something that is contrary to every religion's teachings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Psychic Octopus on June 18, 2012
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First anything, this book will not be read by the ones who would really benefit from it: the Breivikists in power or seeking power in the USA and European countries, and their (sadly many) supporters. Regrettably so, as this book is for them to realize their errors, and yet they are the ones who will not care to read it, or will call it deceitful even though what Rauf states as fact is all easily verifiable. It is a cry in the desert for those who need this book; and for those who don't, it's almost preaching to the choir.

Nonetheless, the exposition of key concepts both of Islam, of comparative religion, and of the development and practice of the U.S. Constitution, does deserve at least 4 stars, and it will be a good reading for anyone not already too prejudiced to consider real issues of both Islam and political theory in a fair light.

There are a couple mistakes that I think point to some oversights on edition, as I suppose Rauf knows them to be inexact, like dates and such in the history section as it deals not just with modern history or early Islamic history, but what is in between. None of them, though, distracts, so I will not point to them. Probably more importantly, this book is from 2004 and it shows. It is quickly becoming dated, and it would merit to be updated by Rauf himself in several places. The most obvious updates would be the growth of Islamophobia in all Western countries; the changes in the situation in the three Muslim conflicts he identifies as most important: Israel, Chechnya and Kashmir, but also in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the Neptunian Revolutions, in particular the Arab Spring, which also undermines somewhat his quasi-Chomskian argument for economic development before formal democracy.
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Very good book. Very good and insightful book. Recommended to anyone with an open mind. Don't pay attention to the islamaphobes who's only sources are FOX news and other islamaphobes.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Izabel on September 23, 2010
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I read this book 2 years ago and now with the political war against the freedom to practice Islamic religion. For those who are open-minded and well-informed (not through Fox News)will see how this author is expressing the opinion of the moderates and reaching out to the Americans!
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