The Struggle For The Soul Of A Religion

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American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion
In the book, American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, author Paul Barret introduces the reader to the hardships and hurdles of 7 different Muslims. Barrett is able to capture the voice of different views and life experiences, and open the eyes of the reader to what exactly it is to be an American Muslim. Having been published only 5 years after the 9/11 attacks, Barrett digs deep to show the world, that we have plenty to learn. Americans know near to nothing of Islam in the Middle East and even less about Muslims in America. It would be wise for both American Muslims and Christians to better understand each other, as Islam will undoubtedly the biggest religion in the
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There are those like Egyptian-born Khaled Abou El Fadl, a tenured professor of Islamic Jurisprudence at the University of California, who is appalled at the "Dark Ages" that have come upon Islam. In a torrent of books and magazine articles, El Fadl concedes the hateful side of some Quran passages, but, as Christians justifying the God of the Old Testament, turns to the holy book itself to put these in context. It became where American Muslims even began agreeing with what was happening around the world with the terrorist’s attacks, as they could “justify” it with readings from the …show more content…
AS we have seen in other countries like France, which had no illusions about the failure of Muslim integration, and Britain, which did, both demonstrate what can happen when terrorism gains a foothold among the Muslim population. They were able to “brainwash” enough people that even though these countries are allowing the move, that they should still attack upon the weakness for Allah and commit the terrorist acts. Which again, for the mass majority of the Islamic population, was not what they believed in, but human beings can be pretty easily

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