All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim (Review)

August 13, 2012

Book cover for "All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim" edited by Wajahat M. Ali and Zahra T. Suratwala.Title: All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim

Editors: Wajahat Ali and Zahra T. Suratwala

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 256

Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays

Source: E-review copy from the publisher

From the cover:

With this second book in the I Speak For Myself series, American Muslim men speak out on their lives and how their Muslim beliefs play out in private and on the public stage. Contributors include high profile figures in the American Muslim community, representing a new generation that is making a profound impact inside and outside the Muslim world.

Just like with the first book in this series (I Speak for Myself), the essays and personal narratives of All-American really struck a chord with me.

The authors are a wide variety of American men – some born Muslim, some not – who write about some aspect or another about how these identities cross and mingle. I’ve heard so many times, particularly in the media, that being “American” and being “Muslim” are mutually exclusive, and I’m sure you have too. That’s where All-American comes in. This book does a great job of refuting that stereotype and, instead, giving readers an intimate look at what it’s really like to be an American Muslim man.

I loved the personal narratives, but what really caught my attention in this book was the diversity of the experiences represented (including “mainstream” Muslim experiences as well as those of progressive and even LGBTQ-oriented Muslims). I think that this really helps the book in its intent to enlighten people about who Muslim Americans really are, repudiating the negative images that are so often spoofed to us by the mainstream media.

Pick up All-American the moment you see it. It’s intelligent, poignant, and witty … it might even make you laugh once or twice. And it’ll give you a much broader understanding of what it means to be a Muslim American in this day and age.

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This book is a part of the Ramadan Reading event happening here this month.

You can find other posts in the series by clicking on the image to the right, or by taking a look at the schedule of posts and reviews.

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