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Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America
Burqas Baseball and Apple Pie Being Muslim in America Author:Ranya Tabari Idliby 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 challenge... more »s, 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.« less
It's not a long book but it's one that I found myself pausing often to consider what the author was saying. I realize that 9/11 caused many people to consider those who pursue the Muslim faith as terrorists. The planes that took so many lives on that tragic day made us aware of our own mortality. Many lost friends, relatives and family.
Who stopped to think that as there are good and evil people who call themselves Christians just as there are good and evil Muslims? We once did the same with our Japanese Americans, the Irish, Germans, Jewish people and others. Many Muslims were born in our country and love it as much as those of other faiths, celebrating our holidays and traditions.
The author gives many illustrations of what her children have experienced in post 9/11. She urges them to make their own decisions and hopefully understand what is happening. Those who pursue the most conservative paths, say she is not a Muslim. At best she is a progressive Muslim! There is so much food for thought in this book that I can only suggestd that you pick it up and read it for yourself. I'm glad I read it and recommend that others do as well. After all, our country is based on diversity.
Goodreads sent this book to me as a first read and I recommend it. It's enlightening.