What Is an American Muslim?: Embracing Faith and Citizenship


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.5 X 9.3 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law, associated professor in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and senior faculty fellow of the Emory University Center for Ethics. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights, An-Na'im is the author of six books, including, most recently, Islam and the Secular State. He is the former Executive Director of Human Rights Watch/Africa.


"Abdullahi An-Na'im is arguably America's most important Muslim thinker and in this book he lays out the most compelling argument I've ever read about what it really means to be Muslim and American in a post-9/11 world." --Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot
"This book is an eloquent call for American Muslims to stand at the crossroads of faith and citizenship and look both ways at once. I highly recommend it." --Eboo Patel, author of Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America"Well-known scholar, lawyer, and human rights activist Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im draws on his wealth of knowledge in these fields to examine critical issues bearing on Muslim-American citizenship, illuminating its meanings and implications-legal and otherwise-and the rights and responsibilities it implies. Arguing that Muslim-Americans should take a proactive, affirmative view of citizenship, he explores a range of issues, including the highly topical one of sharia law in America. As always, An-Na'im's analyses and reflections cast much-needed light on an important and controversial subject." --Leila Ahmed, author of A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America"The success of an-Na'im's arguments in What Is an American Muslim? will not only strengthen American Muslim identity, but create a more authentic USA. This book is a welcome addition to the literature on North American Islam." --Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations