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Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America Paperback – July 1, 1997
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In my opinion this book is better than his other book, Struggling to Surrender, and I'm glad I read this one first. I wonder if those who have been Muslims all their lives have any idea how many converts this book is likely to produce. It is too bad it is not better known.
Lang recounts the two-fold difficulty of being a "Westerner" and a "Muslim". On the one hand he or she is a member of a faith that, in a Western context, is hardly considered a viable intellectual alternative. This prejudice, points out Lang, has deep historical roots: Islam was the only major force that seriously threatened Christian Europe. This led to the emergence of biases that continue to loom in the Western psyche's Subconscious. You can become Buddhist and your decision is respected - perhaps even admired - but becoming Muslim is almost like treason since it means joining the "other", the age old-enemy. Lang relates the story of his Catholic mother who was more at ease with his atheism than his Islam. Lang's other difficulty as a Western Muslim comes from the Muslim side. He finds that many Muslim immigrants to the West bring their "version" of Islam, failing to realise that their's is just one version among others. Often these various "Islams" have grown on very different social and cultural soils and are inseparable from the contexts from which they emerged. What Lang argues for is the need for a "Western Islam", one which caters to the particular psychology of modern Westerners. This, he feels, is the only way Islam can survive, and even flourish, in the West.Read more ›
I am not sure this book would be comprehensible to a non-Muslim who is unfamiliar with the internal dynamics of Muslim communities (not knowing the differences between sects, nationalities, cultures, age groups, political inclinations, etc). If one has a new or casual interest in Islam, this book is too focused to be a good starting point. It might be interesting reading for someone with a core knowledge/understanding of Islam and the Muslim world.
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In my opinion this is really for existing followers of Islam as well as those new to it. There are a number of issues in America that need to be addressed that this book helps to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Doug B.
As a Muslim, sometimes it is frustrating to experience the beauty and goodness of Islam and then watch it be stifled by the dogma of Islam. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Aynoor Khan
No words can describe this book really. It's so dense and very intellectual but it also has this spirituality that makes my heart shiver like a dry leave in a windy day.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tasnim Ebrahim
The best prelude for this book is to hear Dr . Lang presentation on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rohaizad Hassan
This may be the first book I read about Islam that so accurately portrays the current state of Muslim communities in America, the divide, culture dominance, intolerance for each... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Ahmed12
Mr. Lang wrote this book to address issues people at west facing without realization .. good book to read regardless of your faith ..Published on December 31, 2013 by Dr. Malahat Qureshi
Because I heard so much about the book before I bought and it's truly highly enlightening.
The author is indeed great.