Journey into America
Nearly seven million Muslims live in the United States today, and their relations with non-Muslims are strained. Many Americans associate Islam with figures such as Osama bin Laden, and they worry about "homegrown terrorists." To shed light on this increasingly important religious group and counter mutual distrust, renowned scholar Akbar Ahmed conducted the most comprehens...more
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Too many books are hailed as the "modern de Toqueville." It is an annoying moniker that is attached to books that attempt any kind of ethnography of the United States. There was one de Toqueville and there has not been ...more
Akbar Ahmed starts off his book by talking about how he was interrupted and repeatedly attacked by the members of a mosque where he was talking about the importance of talking to non-Muslims in the community and attempting to bridge the peace between the different cultures. Ahmed also mentioned that his two companions for t ...more
It's interesting to see an outsider's interpretation of American history. He's ludicrously high on Kennedy, and has a bit of a fixation with Plymouth (in a very academic context) and the Scots-Irish. The historical highlights are also more racially tinged.
I really appreciated the team's breadth of demographic coverage. I learne ...more