American Jihad: Islam After Malcolm X by Steven Barboza

By Steven Barboza

American Jihad is the one renowned book  available in regards to the spiritual adventure of Muslims,  both black and white, in the United States. With over one  billion trustworthy all over the world, and over six million in  the usa by myself, Islam is the world's  fastest-growing faith. actually, the inhabitants of  American Muslims surpasses the club of many  mainline Protestant denominations. even though, the  media's depiction of Muslims in the United States usually stops  short of any actual exam and opts in its place to  cover in basic terms the sensational, perplexing aura of  Louis Farrakhan, who leads the country of Islam, or  the violence of a few of the extra extremist  Muslims. American Jihad dispels these  prominent yet dangerously misleading stereotypes  and is the 1st publication to take a significant and  inclusive method of exploring how the Muslim religion is  embraced and practiced in the USA. Like many  African-Americans of his iteration, writer Steven  Barboza used to be affected profoundly through Malcolm X and  converted from Catholicism after studying the  Autobiography. In American Jihad, he  features a myriad of devoted Muslims who come from  many various walks of lifestyles from a overseas policy  advisor of Richard M. Nixon's, to a blond Sufi, to  an AIDS activist, etc. In  American Jihad, you'll pay attention from a few of the  most well-known American Muslims after Malcolm X,  including Louis Farrakhan, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Attallah  Shabazz (Malcolm X's daughter), and the previous H.  Rap Brown. Steven Barboza does for Islam what Studs Terkel has done for race relations.

"At a time while Muslims and lots of non-Muslims appear made up our minds to painting Islam because the world's greatest lunatic fringe, Barboza bargains a humane, a lot wanted alternative."
--The Village Voice.

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She embarks on her journey with excitement and anticipation, seeing it as still another adventure to add to her already adventuresome life of traveling away from and toward new people, experiences, and insights. Joining other African Americans who have emigrated to Africa, Angelou characterizes the expatriates in four groups, all of whom came to Ghana with distinct sets of expectations. The first group of forty families came as teachers and farmers, people who wanted to become one with the land.

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Beginning to see that Africa is perhaps not nirvana, Angelou nevertheless continues her quest to become at one with her adopted country. The author has her hair styled in Ghanaian fashion, learns to speak the Fanti language, develops friendships with both Africans and transplanted Americans, and continues to reflect on her ambivalence about her new home. On the one hand, she maintains her belief in this home being large enough and hospitable enough to embrace orphans like herself; on the other hand, she is troubled by a sense that perhaps this country is not her real home.

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