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A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith

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A conservative American Muslim and former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander provides an alternate voice to radical Islam.

Among the unsettling social shifts in the wake of 9/11 was the global attention paid to Islam. Here in the United States, we became divided, often sadly along partisan lines, between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who belie
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Threshold Editions (first published February 21st 2012)
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Nisa
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you have any interest in the middle east and the difference between the politics and religion of Islam, I highly recommend this book. Honestly, I wish everyone would pick it up and read it. History does tend to repeat itself, though the characters change. Dr. Jasser does a wonderful job of explaining his Islamic beliefs in comparison to extremists and the history behind it. His own amazing family story is laced through the beginning and, for a nonfiction, I had a hard time putting it down.
David
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-read on audio book and picked up on more details. It really reinforces the idea that there are both radical and moderate Muslims and if there is to be any serious reform to Islam, it must come from within.

The author, Dr. M. Juhdi Jasser, is exactly what I envision when I think moderate Muslim. He is a very impressive individual to begin with but, as an American born Muslim of legal immigrant parents from Syria, he also has his head in the right place when it comes to being an American first a
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Lindie
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!
Alexander Fitzgerald
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Battle For The Soul Of Islam should be required reading in schools. While it has it's flaws there's so much quality content here that needs to be said. When Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser breaks it down he is an incredible teacher who is hard to refute.

While he does drag out his material in sections that is not to say the doctor is a poor writer. In actuality his command of the English language is daunting, and his points are composed and exacting. It's just his occasional circular nature on the issues
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Drtaxsacto
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an intensely personal book. Dr. Jasser is a physician from Arizona whose parents emigrated from Syria. The author is a prominent figure among conservative Muslims who believe in that very important phrase from three of the Gospels in the New Testament - "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's." He is on the opposite side of Muslims who claim that the Koran requires a melding of religious and government actions - the creation of a theocratic state.

The book begins with his own personal
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David Firester
Without having read the other reviews regarding Dr. Jasser's book, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for his courage and leadership. Dr. Jasser has authored a book detailing his unbreakable faith in Islam and his undying efforts to reduce Islamist objectives to the dustbin of history. For such seemingly contrary ideals he must be praised. Rarely do we find one who is so deeply in love with his faith, yet wise enough to know when it crosses the line.

If only we had more Dr. Jassers
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Vera Sophia
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: islam-politics
I really enjoyed reading the first chapters. I whole heartedly agree with with Mr. Jasser on several points. First, the importance of ijtihad in understanding our religion. As revealed in the first revelation ('Iqra'or read) it is fitting that we muslims should have critical thinking and not follow blindly what our religious leaders say. God gave us a brain and a life time to seek him. Second, I agree that it is inappropriate for mosque to be used for political purposes. Let it be a sacred place ...more
Tom
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book although at times it did drag. It was educational though and I hope the authors opinions are more of the Muslim majority then minority. I learned the difference between Islam (a religion) and Islamism (a pseudo government based on sharia law which is not in alignment with the US Constitution). I learned that although colonization is considered a bad thing it did leave the people of the middle east educated with hope. When the Europeans left they were replaced by hashed ...more
Kelsey
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Muslim protests are spreading into Indonesia and Thailand (9/2012). If you want to understand the problem, please consider reading "A Battle For the Soul of Islam." http://battleforthesoulofislam.com/

The author claims the central issue is in preserving individual liberty from the metastatic groupthink, which wishes to politically enforce 'church and state' values upon the whole world. The problem is not the faith of Islam, but those within who wish to use it to gain force over others. A remedy,
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Francine Paino
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a captivating read. In clear, understandable language, Dr. Jasser defines the heart of the battle between Muslim reformers and revivalists. “Revivalists seek only to put a modern cloak around their central ideology of political Islam, while reformists seek to bring modernity to their own personal interpretations of Islam, through the separation of religion and state.” If more non-Muslims read Dr .Jasser’s book they would learn the differences between Islam and Islamism (political Is ...more
Cindy
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I also recently heard Dr Jasser speak. He is a very smart man who is proud to be Muslim and is also a very patriotic American. He has done much work to educate all Americans, but especially Muslim Americans, that the radicalization of young Muslims is a great threat to American freedom and safety. He and his organizations are trying to teach the separation of mosque and state. I am giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 because there is a bit of a Fox News/MSNBC vibe where everyone who disagrees ...more
Rosemary
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A compelling read. Dr. Jassar is a pioneer for reform of Islam. He is an American patriot having served in the Navy. He holds the US Constitution as the most exceptional document insuring liberty and freedom. While he is a devout Muslim he finds no contradictions in he love of the US and his faith much the same as Christians, Jews and other religious people of American citizenship are loyal to their country. I recommend his book to all those who have called me an Islamaphobe and challenge them t ...more
Pam
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Jasser has written a beautiful book. I would give it ten stars if I could. It should be read by everyone. His courage to stand firm against those who would hijack his religion and turn it into something unrecognizable is to be applauded. His chapter 'How the Qur'an Is Misinterpreted' moved me to tears, as did his letter to his children. He is a man of faith desperately trying to save his faith. ...more
Andrea
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every American should read the account of a very courageous Muslim American advocating for a non supremacist Islam, struggling against not only the Islamist organizations,--Muslim Brotherhood front groups funded by petrodollars from the Gulf countries--but against our own power structure's obsequious deference to the very people who oppose our constitutional government. ...more
Vivian Allen
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of A Battle for the Soul of Islam.....

This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Dr. Jasser's handling of this sensitive subject was masterful. A lot of questions were answered for this Southern Baptist. I look forward to seeing more of you on Fox News and would love to see more books. Vivian Wallace Allen
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Jeff Dalton
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and it helped me see the world through the eyes of a US loving Muslim. I assume he is a small minority, in fact he more or less says that in the book. Some of the statements he makes are great and show that he places more value on the US Constitution than he does his religion.
Charles Blumberg
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good book, written by a Muslim addressing the difference between Islam and Islamism (radical political Islam) and the steps Muslims need to take to ensure freedom and liberty. "The problem is not that most Muslims are Islamists, the problem is that most Muslims are passive and silent against Islamists and taking a stand in favor of liberty and democracy." ...more
Harriet Brown
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Battle for the Soul of Islam

A Battle for the Soul of Islam by M. Zudhi Jasser is a fascinating book. It is an unusual picture of the Muslim religion. I highly recommend this book.
Peggy
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very insightful book on the different Muslims in the US and abroad. They can not be lumped into one category as terrorist.
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