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The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook Paperback – February 10, 2009
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"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...and the crazed stereotypes generated by war headlines thousands of miles away." -- Michael Wolfe, author of The Hadj and Taking Back Islam
"The slender volume aspires to nothing less than bridging a cultural chasm.... Amid its witty asides and 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." -- New York Times
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"An essential addition to all high school and public library YA shelves."--School Library Journal
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This is a basic introduction to Islam for teenagers. It describes some general tenets of the faith as well as some of the challenges faced by Muslim teenagers growing up in a country that is not predominantly Muslim.
Basic discussion of the tenets of islam with some verses from the quran that is straightforward, easy to understand and I’d like to think, showcases what most Muslims think about their religion.
It includes general information about praying, fasting, hajj, the hijab etc. But the tone is very light and accessible to teens.
The authors said that they sent out surveys to full-time and part-time islamic schools and discussed their findings in the book. I did find that the majority of respondents were unusually confident in their faith based on their answers, and did not seem to be too agonized or torn by living life as an American Muslim.
This is a good book to give to your Muslim teen for general reading and would also be good to give to non-muslim friends to help them understand Islam a little better.
If you are the parent of a teenager who is hoping to get some specific guidance on navigating difficult choices (about dating, sex, alcohol, etc.) I am not sure this book will suffice. It is a little “pie in the sky”, perhaps because the respondents are so committed to their faith to begin with and therefore are not facing any really internal conflicts.
Some of the "advice" was a bit controversial (like the chapter on befriending non-muslims versus the chapter where you must have muslim friends), otherwise would have been 5 stars.
It also incorporated issues that young Muslims in America encounter, like dances and hot dogs, and how they should handle such situations.