In Onward Muslim Soldiers, the author of Islam Unveiled reveals why the threat of violent jihad is growing daily, despite America´s recent victory in Iraq. Spencer uncovers the cause of global violence as he goes straight to Muslim sources. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Ashby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011988/bk_adbl_011988_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The American dream is alive and well in this memoir of a Muslim immigrant from India who arrived planning to start a business, working so hard toward his personal goals that he even pumped gas and sold vacuum cleaners door to door. Victor Begg successfully built a thriving, regional chain of furniture stores. Along the way, he discovered that America’s greatest promise lies in building healthy communities with our neighbors.´´In one book, I have come to understand much more about Islam, its followers and its teachings,” Rabbi Bruce Benson writes in the book’s foreword. ´´I’ve come to realize that the challenges Muslim immigrants have faced are similar to what Jews and many other immigrant groups have experienced as they tried to settle in America. By the end of this book, I hurt with Victor and I laugh with him, because - as Americans - we share so much. We are him. His journey is our journey. This is our story.”As Victor reached out to others, he used his entrepreneurial skills to cofound a new kind of ethnically diverse mosque as well as influential nonprofits designed to help others. Agreeing to serve as a regional spokesperson for Muslims, he got more than he bargained for - responding to tragedies that included 9/11 and a massacre in a Florida nightclub.´´Person by person, friend by friend, good-hearted people change the world,” Victor writes in this memoir. His greatest talents turned out to be his ongoing ability to invite all of us to open our hearts, roll up our sleeves and reach out to help each other.´´We need stories of our Muslim neighbors like Victor Begg to break down the walls that separate us and to educate us about those who might seem so strange, at first, but might become heart friends if given the chance,” writes the Rev. Daniel L. Buttry in the book’s preface.´´Along the way, we might discover some true American heroes. Victor is just such a hero: selfless, ordinary, but willing to risk 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victor Begg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150600/bk_acx0_150600_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A powerful true story about a Muslim doctor´s service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming our country´s climate of hostility and fear.In 2013, Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a town of 1,400 in Minnesota, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the reliably blue, working-class county swung for Donald Trump. Virji watched in horror as his children faced anti-Muslim remarks at school and some of his most loyal patients began questioning whether he belonged in the community. Virji wanted out. But in 2017, just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, a local pastor invited him to speak at her church and address misconceptions about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a well-attended lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state, while giving Virji a new vocation that he never would have expected. In Love Thy Neighbor, Virji relates this story in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America´s heartland. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ayaz Virji. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006817/bk_rand_006817_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Iraq, here is the riveting account of ordinary people caught between the struggles of nations. Determined to offer an unfiltered version of events, the Washington Post´s Anthony Shadid was neither embedded with soldiers nor briefed by politicians. Because he is fluent in Arabic, Shadid, an Arab-American born and raised in Oklahoma, was able to actually disappear into the divided, dangerous worlds of Iraq. Day by day, as American dreams clashed with Arab notions of justice, he pieced together the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the terrible dislocations and tragedies of war. Through the lives of Sunnis and Shiites, men and women, American sympathizers, and outraged young men newly transformed into martyrs, Shadid shows us the journey of defiant, hopeful, resilient Iraq. Moving from battle scenes to subdued streets enlivened only by the call to prayer, Shadid uses the experiences of his characters to illustrate how Saddam´s downfall paved the way not only for democracy but also for an Islamic reawakening and jihad. Night Draws Near, as compelling as it is human, is an illuminating and poignant account from a reporter whose coverage has drawn international attention and acclaim. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Shadid. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000488/bk_aren_000488_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this comprehensive survey, Williams offers concise descriptions of the background, beliefs, practices, and leaders of America´s most influential and distinctive religious movements and denominations. Thoroughly revised and updated, this third edition of America´s Religions incorporates the latest scholarship on religion, and considers timely issues such as status of Muslims in the United States after September 11, 2001; the impact of religion on American politics, especially concerning the emergence of the religious right; and the intense battles fought between the Catholic Church and other denominations over the status of gay marriage and accusations of clergy members´ sexual abuse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary L. Willprecht. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033128/bk_acx0_033128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Muslim Brotherhood, or Ikhwan, has engaged in terrorism, assassinations, and anti-Western, anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence for almost a century - yet few Americans realize how powerful they really are. While we focus on al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, it´s actually the Muslim Brotherhood, the world´s oldest, most influential, and most anti-American Islamist group, that has become the preeminent voice and power in the Muslim world. Hiding behind a cloak of respectability and expensive Western suits, the Muslim Brotherhood is installing vehemently anti-American governments and power structures throughout the Middle East and the world, as we sit back and cheer for the ´´democracy´´ of the Arab Spring. In his new book, The Brotherhood: America´s Next Great Enemy, Erick Stakelbeck teaches us the frightening truth about this dangerous group, from his first-hand experiences investigating the Brotherhood for eleven years, interviewing its members and visiting its mosques and enclaves. In The Brotherhood, Stakelbeck: Reveals how the Obama administration has put the Brotherhood on the threshold of power at every turn Examines the alarming ramifications for America, Europe, and Israel of the Brotherhood´s rapid rise Warns against the West´s-particularly the Left´s-shortsighted, naïve, and deadly embrace of the Ikhwan and Traces the group from its violent roots to its current strategy of ´´stealth jihad´´ With Middle Eastern unrest only growing hotter, and saber-rattling at the West only growing louder, the Muslim Brotherhood´s growing global clout will remain on the front burner of American national security challenges. Revealing and disconcerting, The Brotherhood is a must-listen for every American hoping to remain in a free America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/003255/bk_tant_003255_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For years, William Pfaff writes, ´´there has been little or no critical reexamination of how and why the successful postwar American policy of patient but firm containment of Soviet expansionist tendencies…has over decades turned into a vast project for ending tyranny in the world. We defend this position by making the claim that the United States possesses an exceptional status among nations that confers upon it special international responsibilities, and exceptional privileges in meeting those responsibilities. This is where the problem lies. It has become somewhat of a national heresy to suggest the U .S. does not have a unique moral status and role to play in the history of nations and therefore in the affairs of the contemporary world. In fact it does not.´´ Cogently, thoughtfully, powerfully, Pfaff lays out the historical roots behind the American exceptionalism that animates our politics and foreign relations - and makes clear why it is flawed and must ultimately fail. Those roots lie in the secularization of western society brought about by the Enlightenment, and in America´s effective separation from the common history of the west during the 19th and early parts of the 20th century, during which it failed to gain ´´the indispensable experience Europeans have acquired of modern ideological folly and national tragedy.´´ We are, thus, hubristic and naïve in our adventurism, and blind to the truth of the threats we face. No mere critic, Pfaff offers insightful observations on how we can and must adapt to Muslim extremism, nuclear competition, and other challenges of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Waldman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009659/bk_adbl_009659_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two centuries ago, without congressional or public debate, a president who is thought of today as peaceable, Thomas Jefferson, launched America´s first war on foreign soil, a war against terror. The enemy was Muslim; the war was waged unconventionally, with commandos, native troops, and encrypted intelligence, and launched from foreign bases. For nearly 200 years, the Barbary pirates had haunted the Mediterranean, enslaving tens of thousands of Europeans and extorting millions of dollars from their countries in a mercenary holy war against Christendom. Sailing in sleek corsairs built for speed and plunder, the Barbary pirates attacked European and American merchant shipping with impunity, triumphing as much by terror as force of arms. The author traces the events leading to Jefferson´s belief that peace with the Barbary States and respect from Europe could be achieved only through the ´´medium of war´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Cullen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001077/bk_blak_001077_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Called by New York Times columnist David Brooks the ´´smartest and most devastating´´ critic of President George W. Bush´s Iraq policies, Peter W. Galbraith was the earliest expert to describe Iraq´s breakup into religious and ethnic entities, a reality that is now commonly accepted. The Iraq war was intended to make the United States more secure, bring democracy to the Middle East, intimidate Iran and Syria, help win the war on terror, consolidate American world leadership, and entrench the Republican Party for decades. Instead, says Galbraith: Bush handed Iran its greatest strategic triumph in four centuries. U.S. troops now fight to support an Iraqi government led by religious parties intent on creating an Iranian-style Islamic republic. As part of the surge, the United States created a Sunni militia led by the same Baathists the United States invaded Iraq to overthrow. Obsessed with Iraq´s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, the Bush administration gave Iran and North Korea a free pass to advance their nuclear programs. Turkey, a key NATO ally long considered a model pro-Western Muslim democracy, became one of the most anti-American countries in the world. U.S. prestige around the world reached an all-time low. Galbraith challenges the assertion that the surge will have led to victory. By creating a Sunni army, the surge, in fact, contributed to Iraq´s breakup and set the stage for an intensified civil war between Sunnis and Shiites. If the United States wishes to escape the Iraq quagmire, it must face up to the reality that the country has broken up and cannot be put back together. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Sklar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001866/bk_tant_001866_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.