The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook
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The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook

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Everything you always wanted to know about Islam -- but didn't know to ask!

What does it mean to be Muslim in America? Ask ten different people and you'll probably receive ten different answers. Islam is as dynamic as it is misunderstood, and has been in a state of constant change and development for almost fourteen hundred years. So how can you reconcile being a teenag...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published August 13th 2007)
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The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook," published in August 2007 , is the first book of its kind, directed at filling a void Yasmine noticed as she searched the Youth/Teens section in a local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Sprinkled with humor, the lively paperback describes the essential beliefs and practices of Islam and includes questions and comments from Muslim teens across the United States.

"In addition to doing research of our own, we sent out a survey to 44 Islamic schools," explains D...more
This is a very clear explanation of the Muslim religion. There is nothing scary or aggressive about Islam. They worship the same God as Jews and Christians. Jesus was a prophet as was Abraham. Muhammad is their most important prophet. He was given these instructions by God. About the head and body covering - the only thing it says in the Quran is to cover themselves, meaning dress modestly. There's nothing specific about covering the hair. Women and men are equal in the Quran.
This book really encouraged me to speak out and be more confident about my faith. It was life-changing! i wish there was a sequel! Subhanallah!
Sade Graves
Nov 24, 2012 Sade Graves marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Citation: Hafiz, Dilara. (c2007.). The American Muslim teenager's handbook. Phoenix, AZ : Acacia Pub.
Citation by: Sade Graves
Call Number: 297.57 HAF 2007
Description: Basic description of the Muslim belief system and accounts from Muslim American Teenagers on how they show their faith every day in life even in the U.S.
Relevance and Relationship: Trying to make the library’s reference collection reflect our current student body means including books about different cultures. We have a large Muslim...more
Rebecca Johnson
This is a fantastic introduction in to the Islamic religion. Giving an overview of the religion itself, a detailed history, and providing guidance to the young audience it is written for. The book incorporates humor and answers many questions about false generalizations that exist about the faith and the Muslims who follow. My favorite part of the book is the comparison with the other Abrahamian relitions (Christianity and Judiasm) focusing on the similarities and not the differences. Additional...more
As a teenager, I hate being talked down to. While this book explains the basics of Islam, it often speaks to the reader as if he is a fifth grader and trying to be uber-cool. I picked up this book to gain some insights into what my Islamic peers believe in order to understand them better, but I think I'm going to find another book to do this with. The one thing that really bugged me in it, though, is that it says in chapter one that it doesn't matter what religion you are because they all lead t...more
Malikah Moomin
Nov 12, 2013 Malikah Moomin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, educators, inqusitive minds, friends, family of Muslim teenagers
As a mother and instructor, I found this 2009 version of the "The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook" by accident on the shelve in the library. After reading this most of this book, I found that the authors used simple, witty, hilarious modern times approach to address real issues teenagers in America are going through. Beautifully citing verses from the Quran, real life testimony of young Muslims maneuvering through some of life toughest challenges -- dating, music, dancing, praying, socializi...more
In short (and simply put) there are many people who need to read this book and then they might not be so dumb.

I checked this book out from the library after hearing an interview with authors on my local NPR station. After having watched all of the Canadian show Little Mosque, I decided I need to learn as much about Islam as I need to learn about my own religion, because they really aren't all that dissimilar in their truest forms. This was a good little primer, and it would be great to have a bo...more
The tone of this book was refreshing in contrast to other books that read like lists of what you can't do. But was much too basic for a teenage level. My kids know this stuff already.
A really great introduction to Islam, intended for American Muslim teenagers. The basics in an easy-to-read format, with personal accounts from a questionnaire given to that same audience. Anyone who is interested in learning the fundamentals of the religion - regardless of their own personal beliefs - can pick this up and breeze through it quickly.
Misty Wright
I read this book for a unit in a Multicultural Materials for children class. It is wonderful. Written for Muslim-American teenagers by Muslim-American teenagers, it is also really great for non Muslims. They explain the religion and traditions in a very easy way. I learned so much!
This book is perfect for a convert like me who doesn't know any Muslims or live near a mosque.I'd reccomend it to new converts and non Muslims.It may not contain any new information to someone who grew up in a religious household though.
I learned elements of Muslim religion and culture in an extremely easy format - written by Muslim teens and a Muslim mom for other Muslim teens. An insider's perspective, and, hence, fun to be a fly on the wall.
ayesha Akhtar
very poorly written, not exactly what I expected to read. it was more of a tool on Islam than on the tougher, more relevant topics teenagers would face as Muslims in America.
A great resource for young Muslim teens and non-Muslims alike. Nice, breezy (but reverent, too) writing style helps make this book an accessible read.
Well-written, moderate in view and not preachy. I would recommend it for anyone's kids or anyone who wanted to learn a little more about Islam.
Cristina Garcia
I loved this book. Definitely should be added to every library and potential convert's bookshelf.
Great overview for non-Muslim's - according to friends a little too basic for a Muslim teen
Nuro Hassan
this book talk about Muslim belief and why they don't eat pork, drink alcohol and drugs
new edition just came out from Atheneum
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Dilara Hafiz was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She holds degrees from John Hopkins University and the London School of Economics. She has drawn upon her years of teaching weekend Islamic school,
lecturing about Islam, and raising Muslim teenagers to contribute to The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook.
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