Islam and America: Building a Future without Prejudice by Anouar Majid

By Anouar Majid

Islam and America argues that the present animosity among the U.S. and Muslim global will be understood during the often-overlooked historical past among the 2. Tracing the family tree of this conflicted courting from the Pilgrims to the current, writer Anouar Majid weaves own tales with ancient narratives to provide a severe view of either cultures and to indicate a direction in the direction of destiny peace.

The e-book exhibits how America’s present clash with Islam is rooted in a protracted and complex historical past of prejudice and overlooked possibilities, in addition to a heritage of benevolence and fruitful alternate on either side. whereas traditionally americans have as a rule looked Islam as a despotic faith that had to be conquer, the army and academic institutions that american citizens outfitted via their makes an attempt at changing Muslims grew to become resources of nationwide delight within the center East. And whereas Muslims have frequently distrusted american citizens, they, too, have made major contributions to American culture.

Majid contends that figuring out this background of either clash and collaboration can assist advertise the mutual goodwill and appreciation that would be essential to take on the demanding situations dealing with Islam and the US. Majid makes a provocative argument opposed to faith-inspired prejudices and provides feedback for the future.

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Many Americans in our own day continue to read world events such as conflict, war, terrorism, and other atrocities as signs of an unfolding drama long foretold in the holy pages of the Bible. Chapter 2 Holy Land for a Chosen People From the very beginning, a significant number of American Protestants, like other members of the Western tradition, including, as we have seen, Columbus, acted as if the Holy Land, with its Holy Sepulcher, decreed by Emperor Constantine as the site of Jesus’s crucifixion, was theirs by right.

At one point, I said that war in the Middle East doesn’t seem to end. The first man agreed, “Oh, no, it will never end. ” These men, I assumed, were not liberals or Democrats. They were the sort of folks many secular liberals would contemptuously dismiss as dangerously biased, unenlightened people who probably don’t like Muslims and are not fond of the first African American president of the United States, a man who had been repeatedly labeled Muslim by his detractors during the presidential campaign the previous year.

19 And so, no sooner had the dust settled on the Revolution than Americans directed their sight on the lands of Islam. Empowered by their new status among nations, they sailed out confidently, if a bit naively and arrogantly, to reshape the Holy Land in their image. ”21 The Ottomans had granted various religious communities, or “millets,” the right to maintain their autonomy within the framework of their Sunni state religion. Sunni Muslims, Shiites, Druze, Maronite Christians, Catholics, and Jews all lived together in the Holy Land and coexisted rather peacefully, particularly in neighboring regions such as Mount Lebanon.

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