American Muslims by Asma Gull Hasan
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Twenty-four-year-old Asma Hassan calls herself "a Muslim feminist cowgirl" (she was raised in Pueblo, Colorado). Convinced that Muslim Americans are "the victims of mistaken identity" ("our fellow citizens think all Muslims are terrorists and women-oppressors"), Hassan breaks through the stereotypes and generalizations to talk about the religion and the believers she knows from the inside. While the book packs a lot of basic information about Islam in America - the major tenets, the different sects ("like Baptist Christians and Catholic Christians"), the various ethnic groups, including African Americans - the major emphasis is on the sheer normalcy of American Muslims. Like other Americans, they are very keen on family values, religious freedom, and the opportunities the U.S. has always afforded new immigrants. Moreover, says Hassan, American Islam, as it grows and evolves, will offer a model to Islam in the rest of the world: a purer Islam, one more conscious of the difference between the essence of Islam and its accommodations to various cultures over time.
 

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Asma Gull Hasan was born in Chicago to Pakistani immigra Asma Gull Hasan was born in Chicago to Pakistani immigrant parents and grew up in Colorado. As a "Glamour" blogger, nt parents and grew up in Colorado. As a "Glamour" blogger, and a contributor to the "New York Times", "San Francisco Chand a contributor to the "New York Times", "San Francisco Chronicle", and "Denver Post", she has become recognized as anronicle", and "Denver Post", she has become recognized as an articulate and persuasive Islamic American voice. She is in articulate and persuasive Islamic American voice. She is interviewed on national cable news frequently, including FOX Nterviewed on national cable news frequently, including FOX News and MSNBC. ews and MSNBC.
 
Published November 1, 2000 by Continuum Intl Pub Group. 200 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Unfazed, she counters: "I'll make my own tradition—one that embodies my own American Muslim ethnic culture .[Hasan's italics]" This is do-it-yourself American religion at its most appealing.

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Hasan, a 25-year-old American-born Muslim with Pakistani parents, stridently explains the need for greater understanding of Muslims in America, decrying media stereotypes of Muslims as terrorists and fundamentalists.

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Berger is fair and balanced, but there's no doubt that he believes our home-grown jihadists, native born, naturalized citizens, blacks, whites, a couple of women, even Jews who've converted to Islam (he cites two in his book, Californian Adam Gadahn, AKA Azzam the American, and Brooklyn-born Jose...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Born in Chicago and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, 25-year-old Asma Gull Hasan calls herself "a Muslim feminist cowgirl."

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