This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting 40 years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from student to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding. Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant´s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims - while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sabeeha Rehman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027899/bk_adbl_027899_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Required listening from the founder of MuslimGirl.com - a harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism. At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That same year she heard her first racial slur. At age 11, when the United States had begun to invade Iraq and the television was flooded with anti-Muslim commentary, Amani felt overwhelmed with feelings of intense alienation from American society. At 13 her family took a trip to her father´s native homeland of Jordan, and Amani experienced firsthand a culture built on pure religion, not Islamic stereotypes. Inspired by her trip, and after years of feeling like her voice as a Muslim woman was marginalized and neglected during a time when all the media could talk about was, ironically, Muslim women, Amani created a website called MuslimGirl. As the editor in chief, she put together a team of Muslim women and started a life dedicated to activism. This is the extraordinary account of Amani´s journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she´s faced on a daily basis to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon to the nation´s political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. While dispelling the myth that a headscarf makes you a walking target for terrorism, she shares both her own personal accounts and anecdotes from the sisterhood of writers that serve as her editorial team at MuslimGirl. Amani´s honest, urgent message is fresh, timely, and a deeply necessary counterpoint to the current rhetoric about the Middle East. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amani Al-Khatahtbeh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007654/bk_sans_007654_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´The clouds are moving ecstatically from Kashi to Mathura and the sky will remain covered with dense clouds as long as there is Krishna in Braj.´ These lines were composed by Mohsin Kakorvi, an Urdu poet, to celebrate not Lord Krishna´s birthday but that of the Prophet Muhammad. Awadh, the author´s birthplace, was steeped in this exquisite confluence of cultures. Sadly, this glorious tradition has been systematically destroyed over the past century. In many ways, Awadh stood for everything that independent India could have become, a land in which people of different faiths co-existed peacefully and created a culture that drew upon the best that each community had to offer. Instead, what we have today is a pale shadow of the harmony that once existed. Everywhere there are incidents of sectarian murder, communal propaganda and divisive politics. And there seems to be no stopping the forces that are destroying the country. In this remarkable book, which is partly a memoir and partly an exploration of the various deliberate and inadvertent acts that have contributed to the othering of the 180 million Muslims in India, Saeed Naqvi looks at how the divisions between Muslims and Hindus began in the modern era. The British were the first to exploit these divisions between the communities in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the run-up to Independence, and its immediate aftermath, some of India´s greatest leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and others, only served to drive the communities further apart. Successive governments, whether formed by the Congress or BJP, compounded the problem by failing to prevent (if not actively supporting) tragic events like communal riots in Gujarat (1969 and 2002), Bombay (1992, 1993), Muzaffarnagar (2013), the breaking of the Babri Masjid (1992) and so on. As a reporter, and editor, Naqvi covered all these events (with the exception of Partition), and in the book 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sundip Ved. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030103/bk_adbl_030103_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born out of Khuram Malik´s aspirations to sow the seeds of a flourishing generation of successful Muslim entrepreneurs, Billion Dollar Muslim is a book which opens our eyes to the great possibilities that can be achieved when the entrepreneurial mindset is embraced. Khuram speaks from personal experience, and he does an amazing job of sharing his conviction that the advantages of entrepreneurship can wield great benefit not only to the individual but also to the Muslim Ummah and society as a whole. Khuram´s perspective of entrepreneurship through the lenses of Islamic beliefs and values makes this a unique presentation that is motivating, uplifting, and refreshing. Billion Dollar Muslim is a must read for anyone slaving within the constrictions of the traditional 9 to 5, dreaming of living an improved version of themselves, and wanting to leave a legacy of positive change in the world around them inshaAllah. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Khuram Malik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096125/bk_acx0_096125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Jenny Jones and her three children move from their Washington home to that of Jenny´s in-laws in the West Bank, the village of Safa seems like a haven. Sheltered from much of the area´s troubles, Jenny considers the village to be the ideal place for her children to explore a part of their identity they deserved to know more about. In spite of its pastoral charm, Safa is far more complex than Jenny had imagined. On top of dealing with inter-tribal battles, military round-ups, and nighttime raids, Jenny has to deal with her in-laws and day-to-day difficulties caused by her less than eloquent Arabic and frequent cultural misunderstandings. But the Holy Land is famous for its miracles after all - and after coming across a National Geographic article one day bemoaning the jealously guarded off-limits archaeological chambers on Jerusalem´s famous Temple Mount, Jenny decides to make a sudden, life-changing decision to find a way in herself - despite virtually impossible odds - along the way discovering a kind of self-acceptance and belonging that she never imagined possible. All Roads Lead to Jerusalem depicts a woman´s struggle to find a sense of inner peace after realizing that neither the restrictive Islamic culture she has chosen, nor the increasingly hostile North American society she was born into, seem to offer the acceptance she yearns for. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joan Dukore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095073/bk_acx0_095073_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I remember the four words that repeatedly scrolled across my mind after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. ‘Please don´t be Muslims, please don´t be Muslims.´ The four words I whispered to myself on 9/11 reverberated through the mind of every Muslim American that day and every day after.... Our fear, and the collective breath or brace for the hateful backlash that ensued, symbolize the existential tightrope that defines Muslim American identity today.” The term Islamophobia may be fairly new, but irrational fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims is anything but. Though many speak of Islamophobia´s roots in racism, have we considered how anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in our legal system? Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the US. Beydoun charts its long and terrible history, from the plight of enslaved African Muslims in the antebellum South and the laws prohibiting Muslim immigrants from becoming citizens to the ways the war on terror assigns blame for any terrorist act to Islam and the myriad trials Muslim Americans face in the Trump era. He passionately argues that by failing to frame Islamophobia as a system of bigotry endorsed and emboldened by law and carried out by government actors, US society ignores the injury it inflicts on both Muslims and non-Muslims. Through the stories of Muslim Americans who have experienced Islamophobia across various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, Beydoun shares how US laws shatter lives, whether directly or inadvertently. With an eye toward benefiting society as a whole, he recommends ways for Muslim Americans and their allies to build coalitions with other groups. Like no work before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Shah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012070/bk_tant_012070_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ranging from simple head scarf to full-body burqa, the veil is worn by vast numbers of Muslim women around the world. What Is Veiling? explains one of the most visible, controversial, and least understood emblems of Islam. Sahar Amer´s evenhanded approach is anchored in sharp cultural insight and rich historical context. Addressing the significance of veiling in the religious, cultural, political, and social lives of Muslims, past and present, she examines the complex roles the practice has played in history, religion, conservative and progressive perspectives, politics and regionalism, society and economics, feminism, fashion, and art. By highlighting the multiple meanings of veiling, the book decisively shows that the realities of the practice cannot be homogenized or oversimplified and extend well beyond the religious and political accounts that are overwhelmingly proclaimed both inside and outside Muslim-majority societies. Neither defending nor criticizing the practice, What Is Veiling? clarifies the voices of Muslim women who struggle to be heard and who, veiled or not, demand the right to live spiritual, personal, and public lives in dignity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lameece Issaq. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019134/bk_adbl_019134_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Islam today is a rapidly growing religion: Indonesia, the most populous Islamic land, has well over 100 million Muslims. Islam means ´´submission to the will of God´´; Muslims are ´´submitters´´ to God´s will as it was communicated to the prophet Muhammad in a series of divine revelations. Islam began in the seventh century, and had evolved into various forms, including Sunni and Shi´ah Muslims, Sufi mystics, and others. It has been and remains one of the most significant influences in the world. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world´s great religious traditions. It also describes a religion´s way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Kingsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001636/bk_blak_001636_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Magdalena Wasiura returns to Morocco after a holiday to live and work with the Berber community, sharing their experiences, customs, and way of living. Contents: Part One of Les Berbères et moi describes the author´s first step into the life of her Moroccan family hosts, takes you to the souk and hammam, explains the importance of Fridays for Muslim society, sulks itself in whisky and the problems caused by it. In this part we are introduced to countless opportunists and amiable characters, and we visit a rather lavish circumcision party. Part Two: The second part of Magdalena´s journal records her life with the Berber community in Khénifra, in the Middle Atlas of Morocco - their homes, social gatherings, and her work with their children in the Association Hannan. Get a good wash in hammam, eat boucheyar, drink shiba, meet her friends Mohamed and Ali, and go with them to Arougou, wakha? Part Three of Magdalena´s journal describes broadly the ´´forbidden´´ subjects: intimacy and drinking in the context of Islam as supported by numerous tales from the Quran, and how young people will turn the prohibited into pleasure. She depicts the growing tension between herself and her Muslim family, and the cultural clash - something that one will not get in packaged holidays. ´´Lasciate ogne speranca, voi ch´intrate,´´ it´s Dante´s invitation to Hell; here however, it invites one to hammam. Part Four: What about the fatalism? Should women wear tight jeans? What about swimming? Our God or My God; whose then? Some of those issues are discussed in Part Four of Magdalena Wasiura´s account of her stay in Morocco. She also describes a rather stressful Christmastime spent there, the overprotective nature of her Muslim family, and her trip to Meknès where she was arrested. Part Five: Love and marriage.... Does it really go together like a horse and carriage? In Part Five of Magdalena Wasiura´s journal, one will hear a 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deanna Delaney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090463/bk_acx0_090463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.