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Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11

Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11

Geneive Abdo

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0195332377

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Islam is Americas fastest growing religion, with more than six million Muslims in the United States, all living in the shadow of 9/11. Who are our Muslim neighbors? What are their beliefs and desires? How are they coping with life under the War on Terror?
In Mecca and Main Street, noted author and journalist Geneive Abdo offers illuminating answers to these questions. Gaining unprecedented access to Muslim communities in America, she traveled across the country, visiting schools, mosques, Islamic centers, radio stations, and homes. She reveals a community tired of being judged by American perceptions of Muslims overseas and eager to tell their own stories. Abdo brings these stories vividly to life, allowing us to hear their own voices and inviting us to understand their hopes and their fears.
Inspiring, insightful, tough-minded, and even-handed, this book will appeal to those curious (or fearful) about the Muslim presence in America. It will also be warmly welcomed by the Muslim community.

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like organized religion in general. When he entered Morehouse College, the country’s largest all male, traditionally black university, friends in his book club were reading an autobiography of Malcolm X, memorizing every aspect of his life. David wasn’t as interested in Malcolm’s political views as he was in his take on social justice during his years in the Nation of Islam. David was inspired by Malcolm’s spiritual awakening after his pilgrimage to Mecca, and how he combined spirituality with

and rang the doorbells, no one seemed to be at home. But after a few minutes, we found our first couple willing to open their door for a chat. “Hello, my name is Maad Abu Ghazalah and I am running for Congress in your district,” Maad told the couple, extending his hand past the front-door screen to offer them his campaign literature. There were a few moments of silence. Then the man blurted out, as if Maad were nowhere in sight, “With this name, I would say this guy doesn’t have a chance.

the Tribune any glory. Instead, it had to uncover a story that would reaffirm readers’ impressions of the faith after September 11. An exposé on homegrown Muslim extremists in the American heartland would definitely fit the bill. The reporters’ original aim in writing about the Bridgeview mosque was to show how Muslim moderates had been chased out of the community, after Islamic extremists took over the mosque. The paper also hoped to prove that these extremists used donations worshippers gave

give it a try. I quickly learned that her relationship with her mother was perhaps the most important one in her life. She traced nearly every major decision she had ever made back to her mother’s determination to raise a devout Muslim girl untainted by American values. The story of Yusra and Rabab is one Muslims can admire. They want their children to follow the faith strictly, no matter how difficult it might be to resist the temptations of growing up in America. Many Muslim parents I met

visiting the mosque once a week the way many Americans go to church on Sunday. This is what most sets it apart from contemporary mainstream Western faiths. This difference is also the source of the deeper conflict today between the Muslim world and the West, where critics of contemporary Islam can often be heard demanding a so-called reformation to dilute the influence of religious doctrine and to allow greater space for secular life and activities. With the exception of a few high-profile

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