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10 thoughts on “The Muslim next door : the Qurʼan, the media, and that veil thing

  1. says:

    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 my book clubs, and actually thought the later chapters were interesting.Part of the problem is that the basic information she starts with wasn t anything new to me, but the bigger problem is that Ali Karamali is just as provincial in her viewpoint as the Americans she hopes to educate The book is full of sweeping generalizations, special pleading, and fallacy upon fallacy Have you ever heard of the No True Scotsman argument You ve probably heard it before if a person representative of a group does something bad, it s because he s No True Scotsman, so therefore you can t condemn that group You ll find that argument and many others commonly found with Christian apologetics And apologetics is the right word, because any problematical issue, event, or behavior is excused on some grounds or other If there s a phrase in the Qu ran that a non Muslim points to, she ll say it s being taken out of context If a large group of Muslims have a practice others object to, she ll say that wasn t what Mohammed meant and they re misinterpreting his words And yet Ali Karamali herself decides she ll skip the Islamic law about giving her son twice as large a share of her estate as her daughter, because, after all, times change I would have gotten out of the book if she d condensed the first 6 chapters or so into one And she leaves so little of herself in the book The few intriguing scenes, such as when her high school history teacher made a claim the Qu ran said something and she interrupted him to say it wasn t in there, stops with that exchange What was her relationship with that teacher like the rest of the year Did he single her out because of his Islamic animus, or did he actually learn something from the student who had read the Qu ran when he was just repeating some ignorant fact he d heard We never know, because she never mentions it again.And for such a highly educated person, Ali Karmali is rather ignorant of the rest of the world s religions Look, I have a lot in common with her, growing up in a minority religion when the default is Christianity I have a reason to pull for her, but her writing a book about religion and assuming all the readers are Christian is the same error that she so chafed against growing up She doesn t mention any other religions comparatively, and she doesn t have that firm an understanding of all the different variants of Christianity either Look, you can t write a religious information book for Americans if you don t understand what you re contrasting the new information with She claims Arabic is unique, yet its qualities are so similar in Hebrew that I often understand the concepts in some Arabic phrases because the words are so similar and work the same with way Again, she s no language expert, but puts herself out there as if she is.For some reason this book was chosen as this year s Silicon Valley Reads entry The topic is important, but there s got to be a better way to get the information out there It needs an author who knows what she doesn t know, and isn t trying so hard to prevent us from getting to know about herself.

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    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 researched, articulate and accessible, though I fear it will only be read by those who have a genuine interest in bridging cultural and religious gaps within their own families or social circles Highly recommended.

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    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 actions have nothing to do with Islam because they are not mentioned in the Qu ran But at other points in the book, when discussing ancient customs sanctioned by the Qu ran, she says they are not really part of Islam because they are no longer widely practiced So which is it Is the Qu ran the final word on what constitues Islam Or is it Islam as actually practiced by people in the 21st century I found the author s writing on several other topics, including wearing of the veil, whether women can lead prayers, polygamy, and the punishment for adultery similarly one sided By refusing to examine any possible negative aspects of Islam, the author produced arguments that seemed defensive rather than intellectually honest, and were not convincing to me I was, however, left with an overall positive impression of Islam, based mostly on the author s description of her own personal practice of her faith.

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    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 Karamali has written a solution to the initial confusion Titled The Muslim Next Door The Qur an, the Media, and that Veil Thing , this is one book that gives a very informed introduction to some of the most pressing questions about Islam in the 21st century Beginning with an explanation of the 5 pillars of Islam, Ali Karamali takes the reader on a brief journey through history and ends with an overview of being an American Muslim in a post 9 11 world.Initially, I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars out of 5 The author began well enough, but at times seemed to be contradictory and overly apologetic Her emphasis that certain widely known and misunderstood practices were the result of culture and not religion quickly became repetitious However, as I continued to read, I gained respect for Sumbul Ali Karamali s simplistic writing style, as well as her candid way of sharing her personal experiences as a South Asian American Muslim woman.With ease, she describes the differences between sects, the alien concept of clergy to most Muslims, and analyzes several problematic verses in the Qur an The longest chapter in the book is chapter 7, Women In Islam Here she goes into detail, citing historical and anecdotal evidence that Muslim women are not the sheltered, oppressed women that they are thought to be.Overall, this book is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to quickly learn about real Islam I give it 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it to people who crave knowledge of what s really going on.

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    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 excellent points about the bigotry directed toward Muslims in America, especially after 9 11.

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    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 all similar Sorry if this seems to overstate the obvious, but in both my experience and clearly hers, people don t want to know or believe in the similarities It made me so sad to see the amount of complete ignorance pushed into her face for her whole life I don t understand where people get off telling an actual practicing Muslim that she s wrong about her own religion, based on what they have seen on TV It also made me sad to read a personal account of the fear she and her family experienced after 9 11 and how she stayed up all night to paint a flag to put in her window so that her home and children would not be in danger I am fortunate to personally know Muslims who ve been willing to sit down and talk to me about many of these matters, and they ve told me a lot of this already, but this book compiles it all into one accessible place This is the personal level counterpart to Garry Wills scholarly overview of the Quran, and will tell you a lot about the views of an actual Muslim person Please hear her We are all in this together.

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    I read this book for class, and I found it really informative and easy to understand Really good for someone that doesn t know anything about Islam and is interested in learning I do think at some times she was a little too uncritical which was discussed in the class I was talking but overall a really solid read I enjoyed my time reading this and taking the class period I highly recommend anyone interested in learning about Islam to take a Muslim history class

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    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 Muslim person and I appreciate it very much While reading, I ve had many moments of ooohh, that s why It wasn t on purpose but I read this after Ali Soufan s Black Banners Soufan s book lends a peak on extremists and terrorist s beliefs not in the Quran The difference is alarming and the only descriptor I could think of is good and and really evil.When I finished the book, the feeling of satisfaction I had felt like I had a exceptionally good gourmet meal I want to learn Butterfly Mosque is next on my list.

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    The author has made learning about Islam far 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 evil religion It s those who claim to be Muslims but doing un Islamic things that are evil.

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    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 book is well worth reading.

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