Islam : An Essential Understand for Fellow Americans

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Dr. Manzoor Hussain, an American Muslim, looks over the present landscape of the United States and sees his fellow Americans laboring under many misconceptions about Islam, what he calls the most misunderstood religion in the West. His response is to delineate Islam from its inception through its extraordinarily rich history, making transparent the religion's most seemingly opaque foundations. Hussain discusses Islam's wealth of achievements in subjects as far ranging as mathematics, astronomy, law, chemistry, physics, medicine, and philosophy, thereby showing how, at heart, we are all striving always to demonstrate the ways we want and value the same things. Scholarly in its clarity and thoroughness, Islam: An Essential Understanding for Fellow Americans doesn't shirk from tackling the thorniest issues of the day. Islam was not spread by the sword, Muslims are not anti-West, terrorism is not taught or condoned by Islam, the wave of Islamophobia in America--all these issues receive sober and thoughtful attention.
"Islam: An Essential Understanding for Fellow Americans" articulately and convincingly makes the case for Islam, as a religion, a way of life, a family system, a force for social justice, a code of conduct and potentially a healing force in the world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0533165997
  • 9780533165995

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Ten years after 9/11, most Americans remain as baffled, unsure, and even hostile to Islam as they were at the start of the decade. Yet, as Dr. Manzoor Hussain has illustrated, the relationship between Islam and America can be a positive and beneficial one to both. More than ever, the Muslim intellectual has to play the role of an Ambassador and I am delighted that Dr. Hussain by offering us this illuminating and timely book is doing so.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
Author of Journey in to America: The Challenge of Islam
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About Manzoor Hussain

Dr. Manzoor Hussain received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and worked first as a Senior Research Scientist in the U.S. chemical industry, and later at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. There, Dr. Hussain was the head of a unit of the agency's laboratories. His contribution to the work at IAEA, along with others, was recognized in 2005 when IAEA was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. For the last eleven years he has been teaching chemistry at a university and Islamic Studies at an Islamic High School in New Jersey where he now resides with his wife Jana Catherine Hussain. He is also active in interfaith dialogue programs." Islam: An Essential Understanding for Fellow Americans" is Dr. Hussain's first book.
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