Mecca and Main
Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11
and Main Street examines in detail how the lives of
over six million Muslims in America have changed since
9/11. They are now faced with prejudice and hostility,
not only from their neighbors, but also from their
own government. As a result, the new generation is
choosing to withdraw from mainstream American life.
Young Muslims are not as concerned with attaining the
American Dream as were their immigrant parents. They
desire to create a community apart from their surroundings
where they will be able to practice their faith without
being ridiculed and judged.
Answering Only to
God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First Century Iran
Answering Only to God challenges the prevailing Western belief that the
Islamic world is an undifferentiated mass of disaffected and dangerous
fanatics or that a Western-style democracy will soon transform this ancient
land of Shi'te and Sufi tradition. Instead, the authors explore the
controversial view that beyond the quarrel with the West, stemming from
decades of exploitive foreign policies, the real struggle in Iran is between
the reformists and conservative mullahs.
Drawing upon hundreds of interviews, No God But God opens up previously
inaccessible segments of Egyptian society to illustrate the deep penetration
of "Popular Islamic" influence. Geneive Abdo provides a firsthand account of
this movement, even more relevant today than ever. Both fascinating and
unsettling, Abdo's findings identify a grassroots model for transforming a
secular nation-state to an Islamic social order that will likely inspire
other Muslim nations.