Detroit, Michigan, USA  - October 4, 2007

"American Crescent" by Imam Qazwini published

 
 
 

   

 
The latest book published by Imam Qazwini, "American Crescent", shall be released in stores nationwide on October 9, 2007. Published by Random House, this book is a memoir of Imam Qazwini in his struggle to preach Islam in the United States. In this book Imam Qazwini "writes not only to explain his faith to non-Muslims in an uplifting way, but also to critique American culture" as David Crumm said.

Title:  AMERICAN CRESCENT: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America

Book may be purchased on the following websites at a discounted price:
www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, www.booksense.com 
 
 
Booklist Review 

"Seemingly effortlessly, Qazwini packs his dual-purpose narrative with so much about Islam, Shia, Iraqi history, Saddam’s revolting brutality, and Muslim American politics that, more than any of the fine recent introductions to Islam, this is the book with which Americans should start to learn about Islam and Muslims."

  
Kirkus Review
 
"Qazwini, head of the oldest and largest Shi’a mosque in the United States, seeks to bridge misunderstandings between Americans and Muslims through his life story and interpretations of various Islamic worldviews.
The author avers that acts by extremists, the media’s thirst for spectacle and historical geopolitical opportunism have given Americans a dangerously skewed notion of the everyday Muslim man and woman, giving rise to suspicions of Islam’s compatibility with democracy and civil rights. To convey the experience of being a devout Muslim today, Qazwini offers his own journey as testament. Though his life is not exactly representational—son of a respected imam, his family suffered intense persecution under Saddam Hussein and more than once had to flee in the night from the jackboot at the door—it is apt in showing how Muslims, often on the move, must redraw their cultural boundaries with each shift. This is so even within Muslim communities, where contending schools have specific requirements and ingrained prejudices. These personal experiences have an engaging immediacy that allows readers to see the world through a practicing Muslim perspective, where culture and religion are held fast. His parallel story of Islam’s evolution says some canny things about the manipulation of faith to serve vested power, but the strokes are too broad to leave an indelible impression. “Our women wear hijab [conservative clothing] willingly and proudly” is the kind of blanket statement that undercuts his authority. But Qazwini makes a solid case that Islamic institutions can embrace democracy as easily as those of Judaism and Christianity, that most Muslim immigrants appreciate the United States as the best of both worlds and that Muslim participation in the American political mainstream will hasten cross-cultural awareness.
Scores more hits than misses as an interfaith dialogue seeking not converts but understanding."
  
David Crumm

"His memoir is a "first," an inspirational and pastoral book by an American imam released by a major publishing house. For that reason alone, we all should purchase a copy to encourage a diversity of religious voices in mainstream American media.
At the end, Qazwini includes an appendix, answering 20 common questions about Islam. He also includes a glossary and chronology of the faith, making the book useful for non-Muslim discussion groups."

 

 
 
 

 

 

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