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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood (Aug. 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088899785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888997852
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,317,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Ahmed on Sept. 30 2006
Format: Hardcover
I came across this small book on a makeshift bookstall on a sidewalk. Its inside cover caption captured my eyes on the words of terrorism, wars, Jihad, Hijab, polygamy, Muhammad's many wives, female circumcision, honor killings, Sharia and stoning. I am an ordinary Muslim by birth now living in North America but did not have time (or I never tried seriously!) to delve deep into my religious teachings. But Muslims being in the spotlight nowadays in the media everywhere, a lot of unanswered questions about the above catchphrases often haunt me as a Muslim. I thought, may be, this book can satisfy my quest. So I paid 20 bucks to buy it.

As I peeped into the book at weekend, it caught me captivated on its pages until I reached its last page 148 in about three hours passed like a snapshot. I found the book written in a plain language hitting the readers' mind with reason and historic reference free from any personal bias by the author. Without getting deep into any scholastic debates, the book provides a true perception about the relationship among terrorism (and other controversial topics like multiple wives, rights of women, extremism etc.) with Muslims, Islam and its teachings.

For the Muslims or non-Muslims equally, the book provides an understanding of so called `war on terrorism'.
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By Iman on May 8 2013
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Nice small books.........Excellent for someone who needs answers in a short time..........Fast shipment too......small concise information.....keep the good work.....Thank you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A very simple, easy introduction Dec 13 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
If it's an easy overview of key issues, topics and social and political concerns you need to serve as an introduction to Muslim concerns, you can't go wrong with BEING MUSLIM, based on travels in Muslim lands and interviews with experts there and in the West. Here's an analysis of the impact of terrorism on Muslims, explaining how Islam affects daily living and surveying differences between East and West perspectives. A very simple, easy introduction, this lends equally well to middle to high school libraries strong in social and political history.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Must Read Oct. 16 2007
By Deva Kautilya - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is indeed the best book on the subject. I heard the interview of the author on NPR while driving to the airport from a client site! I could not wait to get this book from the library. I just finished reading the book and I will soon be buying it to add to my library. The author takes a very balanced view on the sensitive topic but spares no punches when dealing with the facts. The book deals with post 9/11 issues very directly and at the same time provides a very nice intro to the Islamic culture and traditions. I recommend this book to anyone who really wants to know what it is to be a muslim in this world that is torn apart by religious conflicts.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read! Aug. 20 2007
By NYK - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mr. Siddiqui represents Muslims whose voices often go unheard amidst the Islamophobic ravings of the likes of Irshad Manji and the violent rhetoric and actions of extremists, both of whom have come to define Muslims and Islam in the public mind. A must read.
A good position poorly argued Dec 2 2011
By Bradley Nelson - Published on
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This book was a good idea. It helps to explain what it really means to be Muslim, especially in America. But its intentions of bringing support and tolerance to Muslim beliefs and behaviors is undermined by the arguments of the author. Too many remarks are hostile or laced with malice. Too often the author criticized Americans and American policy and how it has affected Muslims. I'm not saying the author is wrong, but this approach is not going to breed sympathy. There's surely a better alternative out there.
Must Read!!! Sept. 13 2010
By Jason - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is perfect for those who know little about the Muslim world. It is very relevant to today considering the Mosque in New York and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I hope everyone that reads this book enjoys it as much as I have.

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