The Muslim Next Door: The Qurʼan, the Media, and That Veil Thing

The Muslim Next Door The Qur an the Media and That Veil Thing Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Award Since stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines politics and water cooler conversations all across the cou

  • Title: The Muslim Next Door: The Qurʼan, the Media, and That Veil Thing
  • Author: Sumbul Ali-Karamali
  • ISBN: 9780974524566
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Award 2009 Since 9 11, stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines, politics, and water cooler conversations all across the country And, although Americans hear about Islam on a daily basis, there remains no clear explanation of Islam or its people The Muslim Next Door offers easy to understand y Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Award 2009 Since 9 11, stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines, politics, and water cooler conversations all across the country And, although Americans hear about Islam on a daily basis, there remains no clear explanation of Islam or its people The Muslim Next Door offers easy to understand yet academically sound answers to these questions while also dispelling commonly held misconceptions Written from the point of view of an American Muslim, the book addresses what readers in the Western world are most curious about, beginning with the basics of Islam and how Muslims practice their religion before easing into complicated issues like jihad, Islamic fundamentalism, and the status of women in Islam Author Sumbul Ali Karamali s vivid anecdotes about growing up Muslim and female in the West, along with her sensitive, scholarly overview of Islam, combine for a uniquely insightful look at the world s fastest growing religion.

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    1. This is a book about an important topic that won't be read by the people who need to read it. And for the people who are open to the topic, they'll find it was written by the wrong author.Ali-Karamali says she was encouraged to write the book because most Americans are complely ignorant on Islam and Muslim viewpoints. I can't disagree with her, but if this is your only introduction to that world, the odds are you'll stop a few chapters in and just give up. I finished it because it was for one of [...]


    2. I bought this book with the intention of giving it to a devout Christian (Baptist) relative so she could understand -- even if she didn't approve of -- my conversion to Islam that happened many years ago. Ms. Ali-Karamali, a Muslim of Indian and Pakistani descent, is an approximate contemporary of mine and references some Western cultural touchstones we have in common; unlike her, however, I was raised as a Christian and became a Muslim convert in later life. _The Muslim Next Door_ is well-resea [...]


    3. The Muslim Next Door - a reviewSuppose you are in the bookstore, or the library, and you are looking for information on Islam. You head toward the Religion section, find Islam, and immediately, you are stumped. There are several Qur'ans, and various books claiming to have the "true" portrait of Muslims contained within its pages. But, wait, what it this? Do you want to learn about the Shi'a revival, the Sunni law making procedures, or the Sufi meditation practices?Confused yet?Sumbul Ali-Karamal [...]


    4. Pros: I learned a lot about the history of Islam and the prophet Mohammed. I also enjoyed hearing about the author's practice of Islam and how it enriches her life. Cons: The author is so eager to defend Islam that I found her arguments one-sided to the point that they lacked credibility. She contradicts herself many times, always in Islam's favor. At certain points of the book, when discussing destructive, violent actions committed by some Muslims in the name of Islam, she argues that those act [...]


    5. While the book is highly informative and well-written, it seems to present an IDEAL of Islam, and perhaps that's because the author is a legal expert from America who is accustomed to defending her religion. She is, I think, insufficiently critical of the Islam that is actually practiced around the world, and spends almost no time at all talking about the conflict with Israel.Still, it is a useful guide to the basic concepts and history of the religion, and it's very readable. It also makes some [...]


    6. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what the heck Islam really is, to regular people who profess it as their religion, and what it isn't. Ali-Karamali, an attorney born in the US to parents who immigrated from India, clears away a lot of misconceptions promoted by ignorant people, and at every turn highlights the similarities between Islam and other religions. Religion is a human construct, thus all religions constructed by humans are going to have similarities because humans are a [...]


    7. Wonderful book! I've always been curious about Islam as a culture and as a religion but found it hard to ask a friend without appearing ignorant. I usually am brave about asking, justifying it to myself that I'd cut off my ignorance sooner by learning the answer to my question. But aspects of this much maligned religion is controversial and somehow social events didn't seem the right time or place (the book has an example of this too). Anyhow, this book provides knowledge about the typical Musli [...]


    8. The author has made learning about Islam far more accessible with this book, even for me, a sometimes practicing Muslim.Islam is a complex religion (for me, at least). Over-simplifying it, or misinterpreting it, is what's giving it bad rep. And it also doesn't help that the media picks and chooses to highlight the 'negative' aspects of Islam which in fact, are not even Islamic to begin with.What the author is trying to say (and which not many are paying attention to) is that, Islam is not an evi [...]


    9. This is one of the 2012 Silicon Valley Reads books. I've read the first chapter and am enjoying it a lot. Her writing is informative, yet humorous and readable. It's helping me to understand what it feels like to be Muslim and American.Now that I've finished the book, I'll add that it helped me to develop a sensitivity to the basic assumptions about Islam that we are fed by the media and our culture. A few negative incidents are highlighted while the many positives are completely ignored. This b [...]


    10. Even as a lawyer in U.S the author's defence against what she perceives as 'misconception' around the religion, was surprisingly weak. Disclaimer: Je suis atheist. So I'm biased.




    11. The Muslim Next Door by Sumbul Ali-Karamalireviewed by NC Weil Ms. Ali-Karamali’s book would be more useful if it had been written more recently. With a copyright of 2008, it cannot take into account the events of Arab Spring nor the rise of Daesh (known in this country as ISIS or ISIL) - she states repeatedly that the only examples of extremists acting in the name of Islam are Osama bin Laden and the Taliban of Afghanistan. Would that were so. She says that “only a few” nations live under [...]


    12. This should be a must read for all Americans. It is a powerful, extremely well-written, Historical and also current look at at the distortions that Western culture has perpetrated against Islam. I grew up in Kenya with many Muslim friends. I’ve worked with many Muslims, had doctors who were Muslim, have friends and Co-workers who are Muslim and I know that the practice of Islam by most Muslims is peaceful and gentle and includes community service and an emphasis on learning. I recommend this b [...]


    13. I learned of this book and author from a podcast (can’t remember which one), and I thought it would help me learn what it is like, at least a little, to be an American Muslim. I knew the basic tenants of Islam, but I have to say it was illuminating to learn what it looks like practically in every day life. I learned a lot about the nature of Islam, how it relates to Christianity and Judaism, how different Islam can look in various countries, and interpretations of the Qur’an on several topic [...]


    14. I honestly and truly think if anyone one gives this book a bad review it is because they still don't approve of Islam. I cannot stress it enough, this book is fantastic!


    15. The Muslim Next Door will serve as reference for me for all things Muslim/Islam. The tenets of Islam are much like the tenets that I hold sacred. The author wrote diligently to report what Islam is and what Islam is not. The author was successful in presenting her insights as a Muslim building clarity and understanding. Often, the book seemed a bit repetitive but overall, I am really glad that I read this book.


    16. Although this book got a little bit boring at times because of the amount of information that was packed into one book, it was still really interesting to read. Being a Muslim girl myself, I have never been interested about my religion and I never learned anything about. When I saw this book, I realized that maybe it was time to learn a couple of things about my religion rather than just calling myself a Muslim. This book gave me an incite into the incredible world of Islam. The main goal of the [...]


    17. This is a book that I would recommend to those who are not familiar with Islam, and those who would like to learn Islam from a liberal Muslim lawyer. I would not recommend this book to Muslims, who have studied Islam for years, and are familiar with traditional and classical scholarship. Why? Because the author presents Islam and certain much-discussed Islamic topics according to her personal opinions and interpretations of religious texts. Her approach may be bothersome to those who have learne [...]


    18. For about four years, I began a study on the Middle East and the lives of Muslims. Having read several books on the history of the Middle East, I have come to appreciate the complex culture of that region and the turmoil caused by shifting alliances, civil strife, and the aggression of many nations into the area. In essence, I understand why the present day Middle East is in flux, trying to find balance, peace and yet assert its right to autonomy and respect. What has endured even more than trib [...]


    19. New immigrants tend not to have very nice anywhere, and the US, while better than most, is no exception. The Gangs of New York gives a taste of the reception of the Irish (and by extension, Catholics in general) in 19th century America. Of course, the sunny side of the story is that the US is particularly good at assimilating people and customs, the practically national status of St. Patrick's Day is a testament to how far the Irish have come.In the Muslim Next Door, Sumbul Ali-Karamali is doing [...]


    20. In this eye-opening primer on Islam for non-Muslims, the author reveals the absurdity and unfairness of some of the most common Western misperceptions about Muslims. She presents a scholarly (but very readable) exploration of Islamic religious and cultural history, pointing out that a major point of misunderstanding is the tendency to equate religion and culture, rather than see them as distinct – an important point because Muslims live all over the world and come from many different cultures. [...]


    21. Islam is the most fastest growing religion. If you want to know more about Islam and why Muslims do certain things and the story behind, this book is a good place to start. It's an eye-opener anyone can use regarding the religion of Islam. Any Muslim American Girl living in America can relate to this book. This book explains the problems that a female, Sumbul Ali-Karamali, faces in the world she lives in with many other religions around her. How she explains to her friends how come she didn't go [...]


    22. Since I wrote a lengthy review on , I will try to keep this short. She seems like a very intelligent, educated and thoughtful woman, which, perhaps ironically, is why I'm so hard on this book; I think she could do way better. I am definitely sympathetic toward her unhappiness and frustration at the bigotry and ignorance of her fellow Americans, but it sometimes comes across as whiny, and I question whether her confiding tone about her personal emotional injury pairs well with the attempt to educ [...]


    23. I read this book since it is the 2012 selection for Silicon Valley Reads. Although, I'm only giving it 3 stars, I must admit that this sparked some very stimulating conversations among family and friends. Author Ali-Karamali provides a good general overview of Islam including basic facts, history of the religion, terminology, rules, etc. More interesting is her discussion of growing up in the US as a Muslim and her personal experiences of being the target of prejudice and Islamophobia. There is [...]


    24. Recent events in the U.S. news have me grieving, once again, the hate that people sometimes show toward other people. The need for friendships and community building across lines of difference becomes more urgent each day, as racism and discrimination continue to cause inexcusable violence. If we hope to create a future where such crimes cannot happen, we need to affirm our common humanity, and get to know one another respectfully. In the spirit of opening a door to learning about someone of a d [...]


    25. To be honest I only read up to page 73 and lost interest. Some CommentsWhile trying the author didn't always make a clear distinction between religion and cultural practices. For example, she mentions polygyny was a pre-Islamic practice. From that I would infer that Muslims do not have more than one wife, but that wouldn't be true. What I think the author was trying to say was whether it be polygyny or monogamy it was not related to religion. It was a cultural practice in those regions at the ti [...]


    26. I really had to push myself to finish this. It was kind of interesting to hear about author Sumbul Ali-Karamali's experiences growing up and living as a Muslim in the US, but it did feel like she was covering the same ground over and over, and not too incisively, in her comments on American and media beliefs about Muslims and Islam. I finished it because I wanted to have finished it, not because I was enjoying it or learning much from it. It's a shame this isn't more compelling, since books fost [...]


    27. I learned a lot about the Muslim religion and its history…what Muslims "should" believe and should do… but frankly I found the author to be very naive and simplistic… whether she claims that Muslims are not supposed to do things like terroristic attacks the fact remains that they are doing them and they are saying that they are done because of religious beliefs… I have read other books that to me treat this issue more seriously and more rationally… in my opinion…. as an educated fema [...]


    28. This was a great introduction to Islam. Written for an American audience largely lacking in any knowledge of Muslim sacred texts, practice and history, the author offers better-than-basic discussions of these, while directly addressing centuries of Western misinformation and prejudice, and contemporary American myths about Islam. Of crucial importance is the point she makes about understanding culturally specific interpretations of Islamic law and knowing these vary widely around the globe. This [...]


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