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Red, White, and Muslim: My Story of Belief Paperback – Bargain Price, February 17, 2009

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Starred Review. Americans looking for a strong, moderate Muslim voice that publicly condemns terrorism and the second-class status of women should consider it done—not once and for all, but nonetheless consistently and fiercely. Hasan, an American Muslim woman whose efforts to inform others about the Islam that she practices and to correct narrow-minded extremists have earned her regular appearances on Fox News and MSNBC, has revised Why I Am a Muslim (2004), adding fresh material. Its arguments, based in Hasan's personal experience and religious knowledge, are as relevant now as they were five years ago. The book is directed primarily at non-Muslim Americans to show them Qur'anic texts and Islamic beliefs and practices that challenge unfavorable stereotypes. But Hasan also takes on her fellow Muslims, urging them to distinguish cultural mores from religious orthodoxy, especially concerning the treatment of women. That she continues to face such oppressive interpretations of Islam by other Muslims undermines her arguments that Islam is "not like that." But readers will wish that she and others continue with such courageous correctives. (Mar. 1)
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“Asma Hasan will rock your stereotypes about Islam in this refreshing book. Here is a young woman who embraces Islam, modernity, America, her family, and her friends -- all with enthusiasm and commitment. She sees no contradictions between them and, after you have read this book, neither will you.” (Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International, and Author of The Future of Freedom )

“A warm, witty, wonderful story about what it means to be both Muslim and American in a post-9/11 world. This is a book that every American should read.” (Reza Aslan, author No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror )

“Hasan makes for a disarming spokeswoman.” (USA Today )

“Hasan’s writing is a useful beacon for American Muslims who may be struggling to articulate their identities as both Americans and Muslims.” (Religion News Service )

“In her last lively book, Asma Hasan called herself a ‘Muslim feminist cowgirl’ — referring to her years in Pueblo, Colorado. In this follow-up work that mixes autobiography with feisty insights into Islam and the many misconceptions people have about it, the author demonstrates the spiritual practice of enthusiasm...” (Spirituality & Health )

“Hasan’s version of Islam would have appealed to America’s founders with its advocacy of human equality, religious tolerance, property rights and self-improvement. It harmonizes just as well with 21st-century America’s spiritual inclinations...This is do-it-yourself American religion at its most appealing.” (Publishers Weekly )

“With insight, integrity, passion, and eloquence Hasan shares her personal journey as a proud American Muslim and in doing so breaks our stereotypes, melts our fears, nurtures our hopes, and enlightens our minds and hearts.” (Rabbi Irwin Kula. author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life )

“With passion and humor and wisdom, Asma Hasan compellingly explains why the seeming contradictions of her life as a traditional Muslim and a modern American are no contradiction at all. Asma Hasan not only loves Islam; she embodies the Islam of love.” (Yossi Klein Halevi, author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land )

“...lively and authentic...At a dark hour, this book is a piece of bright and cheering news.” (Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography )

“The life and reflections of this bright, talented, dynamic young Muslim woman are an excellent example of the fact that for many Muslims today Islam is a source of meaning, guidance and joy in their lives.” (John L. Esposito, professor, Georgetown University and author of What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam )

“Honest, disarmingly open, and sparkling with the author’s radiance and intelligence, Red, White, and Muslim opens a window to a world of faith, reason, and questioning that is distinctively American and Muslim at the same time.” (Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and author of Fall and Rise of the Islamic State )

“A refreshing book showing Islam through the eyes of a bright Muslim woman in America. Asma is sincere in expressing her own vision with eloquence, integrity, and passion for her beliefs.” (Dr. Maher Hathout, senior advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Interfaith Alliance Board of Directors member )

“Asma passionately shares with us her personal story and through her compelling voice, the reader connects to a convincing universal Muslim story of belief.” (Ranya Idliby, coauthor of The Faith Club )

“Americans looking for a strong, moderate Muslim voice that publicly condemns terrorism and the second-class status of women should consider it done...” (Publishers Weekly )

“Hasan offers here another much-needed voice from Islam, one that is clear, rational and profoundly American.” (Kansas City Star )
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061673757
  • ASIN: B0058M9CQ8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,020,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heather on February 8, 2016
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Eh, elementary story line
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I like Asma Hasan, not in a sexual way, but as a decent respectable Muslim. I think she is a smart lawyer who knows how to put words together and knows how to wear makeup too. I am not a relative or friend reviewing this book but I hope that my words can reach Asma as honest criticism.

I read some of the stories in the book and I nodded with approval such as when she talked about verses in the Quran being read out of context. She mentioned the verse that says Muslims should not take Jews and Christians as friends. Asma says the word "friends" should have been protectors but since the Pakistani Quranic translator Yusuf Ali was not an Arab, he did not consider the difference and made the verse appear as if Muslims could never be friends with Christians or Jews.

She also said a few things that made my right eyebrow go up as I frowned such as on page 125 when she said that abortion might be allowed in Islam within the first trimester and this is according to some Islamic scholars. She also says Islam is "totally against the murdering of a child after she has been born." Islam is totally against the killing of babies before they are born and the scholars Imam Al-Gazali and Ibn Jawziyyah are in agreement on that. The only exception is in the case of a mother's life being in danger if she gives birth or in cases of a woman being raped. I could not even find a verse in the Quran that says a soul is breathed into the womb after 90 days, but even if it existed, I still don't think that would give a woman the right to abort her baby because her career has not taken off yet.

The thing that I think Asma fails to do and the reason why many Muslims may have animosity towards her is her failure to criticize American foreign policy.
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I have decidedly mixed reactions to this book. On the one hand, Asma Gull Hasan is a real charmer, and easy to like. She does give one hope that Muslims can join into American society. Her book may help people understand that forms of Islam and Muslims vary and they are not all violent fanatics.

On the other hand, she doesn't deal with other varieties of Islam, and some Muslims have criticized her for being insufficiently devout. It is interesting to read this book along with Wafa Sultan's A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam. So although we may like Hasan, she doesn't speak for all Muslims. I distinguish here between Islam and individual Muslims, just as my abandonment of Christianity has not made me hostile to all Christians. Some are very liberal, and came here because they like the social and political atmosphere. Others despise the United States and don't want to integrate into civil society. It is possible and acceptable within some limits, to live by one's own rules, as the Amish do, but they accept the consequences of living out of the mainstream, and dissenters have to be free to leave. But there is the case of the cab drivers in Minnesota who are fighting to be allowed to refuse taxi service to anyone with alcohol in their possession, or a dog (such as a blind person with a seeing-eye dog), or the parents who wanted their children released from school early on Fridays, or others who demand to be permitted to refuse to handle alcohol or pork products in a grocery store, instead of say, finding a job where those products aren't sold.
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