DESCRIPTION In a revealing new book, All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim, you'll find 45 unique stories from American Muslim men representing the gamut of America's diversity. Their stories shatter the misconceptions surrounding American Muslim men through honest, accessible, personal essays.
The anthology includes:
- The story of Jason Moy, an American Muslim soldier in Afghanistan
- Reflections from Imam Daayiee Abdullah, who self identifies as Gay and a practicing Muslim.
- Mark Gonzales' rich account of a Mexican American and HBO Def Jam Poet's conversion to Islam
- Suhail Khan's testimony as a proud representative of the Republican Party
- The wise humor of a professional stand up comedian, Preacher Moss, who uses humor to ease stereotypes about race and religion
- The compelling story of Tynan Powers, a transgendered man who came to Islam as a woman and is now a practicing American Muslim man
All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim is the 2nd volume in the I SPEAK FOR MYSELF series. Volume One, I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim was released in May 2011 and was a Huffington Post Top Religion Book of 2011.
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"Finally, stories from the frontlines of the young American male Muslim experience. These men of faith will surprise you, challenge you, enlighten you."
~Juan Cole, professor of Middle Eastern History, University of Michigan, and author of Engaging the Muslim World
"Filled with insight, humor and candid self-awareness, the stories in All-American are at once deeply personal and eminently relatable. Each one is a reminder of the unique dilemma of American identity: we are a nation of individualists striving to form a more perfect union. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about their Muslim neighbors and about the wonderful diversity of our nation."
~G. Willow Wilson, author of The Butterfly Mosque
"The incredible variety of voices here will combat the pervasive and bigoted idea that all Muslim men share monolithic values and worldviews. This is an essential collection at a crucial time." ~Dave Eggers, author of Zeitun and A Heartbreadking Work of Staggering Genius
"Finally, a chance for American Muslims to seize the mic from the pundits and politicians who claim to know what Islam is and what Muslims wants, and to speak for themselves about their hopes and aspirations, their trials and tribulations, and, above all else, their unique identity as Americans. At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is growing in this country, there could be no more vital book than this."
~Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Beyond Fundamentalism
"I'm not Muslim. (For the record, I am not much of anything, religiously speaking - a lapsed Unitarian married to a lapsed Catholic who figures he may someday become a quasi-Buddhist.) But I am definitely, proudly American, and I found myself intrigued, surprised and moved by many of these fellow Americans' stories and voices - as well as unsettled, of course, that this book needs to exist at all."
~Kurt Andersen, novelist and host of Public Radio's "Studio 360"
Important, necessary, eloquent and humane, All-American is an eye-opening, heartfelt journey through the stupendous diversity of the American Muslim experience. Superb.
~Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction receipient for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
These are essential stories, each one a world, taken together a cosmos. America is a nation rejuvenated by iammigrants. Islam is a tradition at its best when it travels. These pieces show that the hyphen between American and Muslim is a bridge not a barrier, that this young nation and that ancient tradition can be mutually enriching rather than mutually exclusive.
~Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core, author of Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America
Over a decade after 9/11, the stereotypes, prejudices, and sometimes plain ignorance around Islam still, alas, remain. That is why the editors of and contributors to this collection are to be applauded. They not only present an alternative, more realistic, and accurate picture of Muslims in America, but they remind the reader of what America at its best stands for--a pluralistic, tolerant, just and open society.
~Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, School of International Service, American University
Islam is the fastest growing religion in American and also the most misunderstood, All-American will help correct that imbalance. This book deserves the widest possible readership, especially among the young.
~Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban and Descent into Chaos