BURQAS, BASEBALL, AND APPLE PIE ~ Being Muslim in America

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BURQAS, BASEBALL, AND APPLE PIE ~ Being Muslim in America
author Ranya Tabari Idliby
ISBN 89095
Category Current Affairs
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Pages 256
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

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One woman’s claimed assay of Muslim and American values. In this aftereffect to her allusive abstraction of Muslim, Christian and Jewish character (The Acceptance Club, co-authored with Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner, 2006), Idliby hones in on her family’s adventures as American Muslims anon afterward 9/11. The columnist and her husband, again longtime Manhattanites and self-described “secular Muslims,” aback begin themselves and their accouchement challenged by “Muslims who allege for us and Americans who adios us.” Thus confronted with again calls to annual for the accomplished of Islam, and skewed angle of a agitated Islam at that, Idliby was affected to attending aural at what Muslim and American ethics she captivated dear. The columnist archive that reflection, as this babe of a Palestinian ancestor and Kuwaiti mother who had spent her adolescence shuttling amid Virginia and Dubai acutely relates to her own children’s post-9/11 faculty of actuality the “other.” Hoping for bigger for her American-born children, Idliby tailors her animadversion for a abundantly Islam-illiterate American audience, debunking a cardinal of boundless misconceptions about Islam. Refusing to accept her children’s worldviews attenuated by “clerics who canvass seventh aeon complete acquiescence as the alone accurate Islam,” Idliby acerb advocates for account the Quran in the cultural ambience of its time and not as accurate article for 21st-century society. For example, the columnist explains that changeable head-covering is a amusing assemblage and admonishes those donning the niqab (full face covering) for opting to be “buried animate beneath a atramentous tent” and, thereby, “erased of their identities.” In Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, Idliby additionally credibility out, “face coverings are banned,” accent one of the memoir’s axial points—that “Islam is not a nationality, but a faith, as assorted and assorted as its abounding billion adherents.” Such assortment of belief, Idliby compellingly argues, aligns able-bodied with American appearance and admired behavior in equality, assortment and justice. A bold, intimate, acceptable assay of reconciling one’s acceptance in America.

For many Americans, the words ‘American' and ‘Muslim' simply do not marry well; for many the combination is an anathema, a contradiction in values, loyalties, and identities. This is the story of one American Muslim family―the story of how, through their lives, their schools, their friends, and their neighbors, they end up living the challenges, myths, fears, hopes, and dreams of all Americans. They are challenged by both Muslims who speak for them and by Americans who reject them. In this moving memoir, Idliby discusses not only coming to terms with what it means to be Muslim today, but how to raise and teach her children about their heritage and religious legacy. She explores life as a Muslim in a world where hostility towards Muslims runs rampant, where there is an entire industry financed and supported by think tanks, authors, film makers, and individual vigilantes whose sole purpose is to vilify and spread fear about all things Muslim. Her story is quintessentially American, a story of the struggles of assimilation and acceptance in a climate of confusion and prejudice―a story for anyone who has experienced being an "outsider" inside your own home country.

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