By Edward E. Curtis IV
Within the final 10 years, Muslims within the usa have mostly been perceived as a overseas, "fifth column" group. For right-wing speak radio hosts, they're handy cannon fodder. For the mainstream media and politicians, with a few exceptions, they're mostly an analogous, an inconvenient neighborhood to skirt around.
What is essentially unknown is that Muslims have deep roots within the usa. ranging from West African slaves introduced the following in the course of the trans-Atlantic slave alternate within the 1700s, to modern day figures like Malcolm X and W.D. Mohammed, Curtis bargains readers a quick, yet eye-opening advent to the historical past of Muslims in the USA.
While this narrow quantity is intended to be, as its subtitle notes, a brief heritage, it's a concise, well-written one. The ebook is real, well-researched and provides an inside of examine this spiritual neighborhood. via weaving evidence with actual tales of yank Muslims of the earlier and current, Curtis effectively keeps the reader's curiosity till the tip.
He additionally discusses how different events have prompted the yank Muslim neighborhood, starting from the Ahmadiyya to the Druze and the kingdom of Islam.
However, this ebook may still basically be used as a place to begin to benefit extra approximately American Muslims. it's not exhaustive or accomplished. however it whets a reader's urge for food sufficient to wish to grasp extra.
Muslims in the USA: a quick heritage may be required analyzing for any "Islam a hundred and one" kind type in highschool or university. it may be at the bookshelf of each library within the usa and at the table of each AM radio speak exhibit host.
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Muslims in America: A Short History (Religion in American Life) by Edward E. Curtis IV