Light Without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College
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Light Without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College

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The story of America’s first Muslim institution of higher education, Zaytuna College

In the fall of 2010, anti-Muslim furor in the United States reached a breaking point, capping a decade in which such sentiment had surged. Loud, angry crowds gathered near New York’s Ground Zero to protest plans to build an Islamic cultural center, while a small-time Florida minister appe...more
Published April 16th 2013 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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I appreciate this book a lot because someone who is not a Muslim seriously took the time to understand the intellectual/spiritual world that I call my own. The scholars profiled herein are my most beloved teachers. One of my favorite friends appears prominently in this book's pages. An organization I have helped build is mentioned repeatedly. And I commend Korb for taking the time to get to know his subject - much of what he said rang true from my perspective. However, I cannot give it five star...more
An ethnography of the founders & first year students of Zaytuna College.
Shagufta Pasta
Some books call out to you to share them with others. Recently I read Scott Korb’s book Light Without Fire about the first year at Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college, and while reading it and since completing it, I can’t stop talking about it with others.

There are so many things to appreciate and admire about this book. To begin, it is rare to encounter an author who is able to talk about Islam/Muslims with honesty and sensitivity. In Light without Fire, the author’s ad...more
In Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College by Scott Korb, we get a very compassionate, empathetic, alternating questioning-vs.-cheerleading take on the development of Zaytuna College in the San Francisco Bay Area. Korb receives inside access from the college's leadership to follow them and students around during the college's development. During this time, Korb clearly develops at attachment to both people and place. Yet he still remains detached enough to not lose all i...more
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