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Blue-Eyed Devil: A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America
Blue-Eyed Devil: A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America
by Michael Muhammad Knight
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.36
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Read, July 13, 2011
Honest and insightful, M.M. Knight's "Blue eyed Devil" provides its non-Muslim readers with an outside looking in perspective they may be able to relate to and its Muslim readers with the inside looking out view that they are able to relate to. As such, the book lends itself to bringing these two distinct groups to a position of understanding and empathy for the other's angle. Knight confronts the plague of extremism crippling all religions and faiths but in this case most specifically Islam through a captivating narrative which is all the more attractive by the reality that it is coming from a man of Islam who does not fit the aesthetic typecast held in the mind of the west. Yet the very fact that this Blue Eyed Devil exists within Islam is symbolic of the fact that Islam has not one face but many and while extremism seems to be the one dominating the public conscience at this point in time we learn from Knight's book that there are myriad colors, nationalities, ethnicity, languages and regions that make up Islam. However, the book is most successful for its revelation of Islam in its different aspects within America itself. From the Nation of Islam to the 5 percenters, to a Muslim girl and family in Arkansas to a rock band consisting of Muslims, readers are awakened to the reality that Islam stretches from every boundary of America. Yet the events take place within the more narrowed narrative of Knight's search for understanding of himself, leading him to his ill father, and people who practice their faith in starkly different ways; it is through him that the reader is best able to empathize with the plight of not just a Muslim-American man but of a human being like any other seeking to find meaning for himself through discovery of himself via the exploration of others of whom he belongs to.

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