Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America

Feisal Abdul Rauf

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Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America

Moving the Mountain Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America The Ground Zero Imam delivers an open and honest clarion call inviting readers to a deeper understanding of the role of moderate Muslims in America and in the world triggering an entirely new convers

  • Title: Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America
  • Author: Feisal Abdul Rauf
  • ISBN: 9781451656008
  • Page: 459
  • Format: hardback
  • The Ground Zero Imam delivers an open and honest clarion call inviting readers to a deeper understanding of the role of moderate Muslims in America and in the world, triggering an entirely new conversation about Islam Muslims in America who reject extremist or fundamentalist expressions of Islam at home and abroad feel the urgent need for a voice that can represent themThe Ground Zero Imam delivers an open and honest clarion call inviting readers to a deeper understanding of the role of moderate Muslims in America and in the world, triggering an entirely new conversation about Islam Muslims in America who reject extremist or fundamentalist expressions of Islam at home and abroad feel the urgent need for a voice that can represent them in the escalating irrationality of the current debate about Islam, America, and the West Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf the so called Ground Zero Imam has become that voice Drawing from his personal experiences, Imam Feisal now speaks up on behalf of disenfranchised Muslims around the United States who are spiritual, moderate, and patriotic Born to Egyptian parents in Kuwait, Imam Rauf was educated in England and Malaysia, became a U.S citizen in 1979, and received a degree in physics from Columbia University Here, he explores the beliefs, aspirations, and ambitions, both spiritual and political, of American Muslims in a post 9 11 world For example, the Imam sees the 2011 Arab uprising and the death of Osama bin Laden as turning points for Muslims, strengthening moderate voices that are closer to the true nature of Islam He argues that orthodox Islam supports equal rights for women and embraces religious tolerance and dialogue, and insists on the relevance of Shariah law for democracy in America and for the revolutions in the Middle East Touching on all the major issues that have been subject to misperceptions and misrepresentations such as the role of women, fundamentalism in America and abroad, the intersection of Islam and democracy, even the Ground Zero Mosque Imam Feisal pre sents a fresh perspective that American Muslims can identify with and a book that non Muslims can use as a go to guide, completely changing the discourse about Islam and America today.

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    1. Jud Barry on said:

      Last summer I read the Qu'ran for the first time. While reading, I kept having this thought: "Muhammad was asserting radical, universal monotheism as the basic component of religion. He was, essentially, a Unitarian."Then, just a few days ago, while reading this book by the imam of the famous "Ground Zero mosque"--and already enjoying it and cheering on the author for his championship of religious toleration--I read this (p. 142): "I often ask Christians to consider Muslims as Unitarians with an [...]

    2. Andrea on said:

      I loved this book. Everyone in America should read it. It definitely gives you a great perspective and has some interesting history of the Muslim faith. It also gives you a greater understanding about the Muslim faith and you realize that a lot of things the average person associates as part of the faith tenant are in fact not part of the faith but the culture of the various Muslim countries. He also does a bit of comparing between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish beliefs. So many things he says in [...]

    3. Bill on said:

      In 200 pages, Rauf makes a persuasive case for the moderate nature of Islam and proposes many ways that people of all faiths - and no faith - can work together in the spirit of tolerance, understanding and the common purposes of peace and justice. The author displays an impressive understanding not just of the Quoran and Hadith, but of the Torah and Christian Gospels too, adding to his credibility and the persuasiveness of his argument.There are a few points where he gets bogged down in catalogi [...]

    4. Lorette on said:

      Imam Rauf speaks to the need for moderate Muslim voices to be heard, the dangers in religious extremism for all religions, the life and beliefs of American Muslims, and gives a brief synopsis of the Muslim religion, Muslim history, and how closely related Judiasm, Christianity, and Muslim are. "We are more alike than unalike."

    5. Vera Sophia on said:

      I belief at a certain stage of life, one will question their belief (or lack thereof) and choose whether or not to stay in that belief. As for me, I experienced bouts of crises of faith and questioned my Muslim identity. Am I a Muslim because I happened to be born in a Muslim majority country? Did I embraced Islam because it's the religion of my parents? I don't want to be a Muslim merely because of circumstances I have no control of, I have to make a conscious decision to stay (or not) within t [...]

    6. April on said:

      If you've read this article you've basically read the entire book:npr/2012/05/09/1521925"I believe we are part of a growing global chorus," he says. "And I know for a fact that moderates exist everywhere, in every tradition and in every political environment. There are moderates in Israel. There are moderates in Iran, the Republican Party, the Democratic Party. And what we need to do is link all of these moderates together and figure out a way that this coalition can speak to important issues to [...]

    7. Daughters Of Abraham on said:

      Sudbury Valley Grp Reviews: Drawing on his own personal experiences growing up overseas coupled with his scholarly knowledge as a prominent American Muslim prayer leader, the author makes the case for what he terms “authentic Islam”. His Islamic faith is spiritually grounded, flexible and adaptive, moderate and compassionate. Imam Rauf addresses a number of major issues that he argues have been subject to misperceptions and misrepresentations, including the role of women, fundamentalism, and [...]

    8. Nora Zaki on said:

      As an American Muslim who is often ashamed of other Muslims for their ignorant acts, this book makes me so proud of my faith and especially the important work of interfaith. I participate in an interfaith group in Gainesville, FL, the place where a pastor burned the holy Qur'an. This interfaith group has brought me so much joy and Imam Feisal's own experiences with interfaith remind me of my own. Imam Feisal conveys Islam in the utmost beauty and clarity. He presents Islam as a balance that can [...]

    9. Carolyn on said:

      I would recommend this to anyone concerned with extremist Islamists - and who is not? at least in these times in the western world. Iman Rauf provides a clearly written, intelligent history of the Muslim faith. An especially interesting chapter to me, as a woman honestly frightened by what I have understood of Shariah law, is currently titled: Why the United States is Shariah-Compliant.I read the advanced uncorrected manuscript version of the book. Would be interested in reading it again with a [...]

    10. Felicia on said:

      I won this book from GoodRead first reads. I would have rated it about a 3.5 but I was leaning more to 4 so I went with four. I learned so much, it was a great book to learn about a culture and a religion that is very misunderstood right now and is looked down upon. The copy I have is an uncorrected manuscript so it might have changed when published but I think this book is great for those who like to learn about other cultures and religions and those who are worried about the future when it com [...]

    11. Marcella on said:

      Book does a good job of explaining different elements of Islam as well as a view for the future. Definitely learned from the book, but felt my interest peaked starting in Chapter 4 as more modern examples were discussed. 200 pages makes this a quick read, but sometimes feels like there are redundancies that can cut this down a bit.

    12. Pamela Mattson on said:

      Well written, sensitive and perceptive look at Islam. Correlations with the Constitution of the United States, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhist teachings show how Islam is not so radical after all. But it is the individual cultures interpretations of Shia which causes the trouble. Not all Islam is alike. Just like all Christians aren't all alike.

    13. Deni Aria on said:

      This book is truly a hand-book for survival to live in pluralistic world there are lots of ideas shared on what we can do about living in diversity especially the interfaith lives. This eminent imam has shown his successful effort to create and bring Islam to the center of pluralistic society.

    14. Bryan Richard on said:

      This book was a real eye-opener. I believe I have a better idea of who Muslims really are ( and aren't). I would certainly recommend this book very highly. I'll likely wait a month or two and then re-read it again.

    15. Sharon on said:

      Won a copy through ' First Reads program. A courageous story about tolerance in post 9/11 America. The media focus’ on the extremists taints the view of Muslim’s in America, this book is a positive view that needs to be seen!

    16. Philip on said:

      *Book was received as part of a giveaway*For whatever reason, I could not make it very far into this book. Perhaps if one has more interest in Islam and/or religious studies it would make for a better read.

    17. Naomi on said:

      An enjoyable read, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's presentation of Islam is oriented towards Americans seeking to understand and find common ground. Good reading for small groups and congregations engaging in interfaith community and bridge building.

    18. Rona on said:

      Islam in America. There is a good section that serves as Islam 101. If you want to understand the Muslims that I know and like, this book will help you know where they are coming from.

    19. Mirëdon Fusha on said:

      A nice-idea book for anyone who wishes to know better about the real muslims.

    20. Shirin on said:

      Easy to read. A rational man who should be heard, especially by those of us professing Islam as our faith.

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