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Blue-Eyed Devil: A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Knight's journeys take him to places ranging from the giant national ISNA conference in the Chicago convention center, to "building" with members of the Five Percent Nation (an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam that is very influential in hip hop) in Harlem and Brooklyn, and hanging out with Muslim hardcore bands in San Francisco that are into veganism and kung fu. I enjoy books that take me into worlds that I know little about, and this one certainly did. As a non-Muslim, I appreciated the glossary of Arabic terms at the back of the book, which I had to flip back to frequently. Plenty of background information is provided on historical figures he mentions, or whose graves he attempts to visit: The Honorable Elijah Mohammed, Noble Drew Ali, etc. In particular, he spends a lot of time on trying to track down the interesting and mysterious story of W.D. Fard, who is regarded as an avatar of Allah by the Nation of Islam.Read more ›
The book is also hilarious, since Knight's anarchistic style undergirds his genuinely moving quest to understand his place in the world. "Blue-Eyed Devil" is totally unlike any other book you'll read, and quintessentially American.
The book is also funny, well written by a weird wrestler punk haunting college campuses for showers and trying to romance a girl in Alabama. It's not only a unique and the best book on "Islam in America" but it is, generally, about religious experience, a living with a changing faith, a search for community. It's stuck with me for months after reading it and will do so for a long time.
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I am not a book reviewer and I hate reviewing things, but for some reason I feel obliged to do so for this book . Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by suhad karzon
Most of this is fun:--yet i cant help wondering WHY Knight embraced Islam in the first place. Not quite "On the Road" for young Muslims;--more like "derailed and trying... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by ed kirby
This book is amazing, something you should already be able to tell by my title in all caps. This was the first book that I read by Mike Knight and it just blew me away. Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by John Knight