WHAT'S RIGHT WITH ISLAM by Imam Feisal Rauf, the Man Behind the Islamic Center near Ground Zero, Answers Toughest Islam Questions

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One of the pressing questions of our time is what went wrong in the relationship between Muslims and the West. Continuing global violence in the name of Islam reflects the deepest fears by certain Muslim factions of Western political, cultural, and economic encroachment.'What's Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West' offers answers for today's toughest questions about Islam, and a vision for a reconciliation between Islam and the West

What's Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam Feisal speaks from the heart about the higher ground on which we can all unite. It is a book brimming with hope. —Queen Noor of Jordan

Imam Feisal Rauf is the man who proposed the controversial Islamic Center near ground zero in New York. In WHAT’S RIGHT WITH ISLAM: A New Vision for Muslims and the West (HarperOne; Paperback; May 2005), he offers straightforward answers for today’s toughest questions about Islam. WHAT’S RIGHT WITH ISLAM is a timely, hopeful, and inspiring book that focuses on finding solutions and not determining fault.

Where is the voice of moderate Islam? Who is presenting an alternative Muslim identity in the face of daily references to “Muslim extremists” and “radical Islamic militants” that continue to shape our opinion of Islam? If communities and nations are to succeed in genuine bridge-building in the name of lasting peace, then we need someone to explain to us, the non-Islamic West, not just the trouble with Islam but WHAT’S RIGHT WITH ISLAM.

What distinguishes Imam Feisal is his unwavering commitment to both Islam and the ongoing contributions of American democracy and Western capitalism to the global community. The solution to the current antagonism between Islam and the West requires finding common ground upon which to build mutual respect and understanding. Who better to offer such an analysis than an American Imam, someone with a foot in each world and the tools to examine the common roots of both Western and Muslim cultures.

In stark contrast to thinkers like Samuel P. Huntington and Bernard Lewis, who argue that the crisis is in Islam itself, Imam Feisal argues that what went wrong is the relationship between the Muslim world and the West. He offers a basis for rebuilding that relationship by arguing that Islamic principles actually support the fundamental values of a pluralistic, free society. In WHAT’S RIGHT WITH ISLAM Imam Feisal presents us with:

  •     A diagnosis of what went wrong with the relationship between the Muslim world and the West, and how to deescalate the current terrifying tensions
  •     The promise of a Muslim form of democratic capitalism that can be seen in the Qur’an, the words of the Prophet Muhammad, and Islamic Law
  •     How the Muslim world that can eventually embrace its own distinctive forms of democracy and capitalism, and live in peace with the world’s other faith traditions

Born to a long line of religious luminaries, Imam Feisal brings his extensive study of the sacred scriptures of Islam, along with his talent for storytelling and analysis, to bear on one of the most complex and critically important challenges facing our world today.

Feisal Abdul Rauf is the Imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City, a mosque located only twelve blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center. Born in Kuwait to a long line of imams, Abdul Rauf was educated in England, Egypt, and Malaysia. He is also a graduate of Columbia University in the United States. In 1997, Imam Abdul Rauf founded the ASMA Society, a not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to building bridges between the American public and American Muslims, and co-founded The Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith effort to help heal the relationship between the Muslim world and America. A trustee of the Islamic Center of New York, he is on the Board of One Voice, a group whose initiative is to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and was appointed as a member of the Council of 100 Advisors to the World Economic Forum on West-Islamic World Dialogue. Rauf is the author of two previous books, Islam: A Search for Meaning and Islam: A Sacred Law, What Every Muslim Should Know About the Shari`ah.

A New Vision for Muslims and the West
by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Paperback | $14.95 | 336 Pages | ISBN 9780060750626
May 2005


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