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White Muslim: From L.A. to New York...to Jihad? Paperback – February 28, 2006
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White Muslim looks at the topic of Americans converting to Islam after 9/11. This wasn't a topic that had really crossed my mind before, but I couldn't put this book down. Bernhard mixes the more straight up journalism and current events writing with personal stories of individuals he meets while on this journey.
Some facets of this subject include how and why these individuals made this choice and how groups like al-qaeda look to new converts to the religion as some tend to be ripe for recruitment. The chapter on how Europe is handling the increasingly large numbers of Muslim converts and immigrants was particularly interesting.
This is a topic that is just begging to be studied further. Bernhard has produced a wonderful starting point for what should be an important and interesting body of research. This particular book is amazingly easy to read; anyone who is remotely interested in Islam and its intersection with the "west" should read this book.
I would like to see "White Muslim" present pros and cons less, and stick to recounting the author's observations of the converts and their milieux, pre- and post-conversion, all the more. Overall, "White Muslim" is a fascinating and important book.