Synopses & Reviews
A conservative American Muslim and former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander provides an alternate voice to radical Islam, providing “a candid, patriotic pushback against Muslim stereotyping” (Kirkus Reviews).
Among the unsettling shifts in the wake of 9/11 was the global attention paid to Islam. Here in the United States, we became divided between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who believed no Muslim could do wrong.
For conservative Wisconsin native and former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, these radical times mean facing a new reality as a devout Muslim and a patriot—possibly even betraying his faith, by asking: “Can a good Muslim be a good American as well?” Jasser founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) to instill in young American Muslims an appreciation for the positive impact that this nation’s ideals have had upon the world. He offers non-Muslims an understanding of the difference between Islam and Islamism, or political Islam, and how violence and extremism run counter to Islam’s true teachings. As he argues, until we acknowledge the threat of Islamism in all its forms, the majority of Americans recognize only the most obvious: terrorism.
All these years after 9/11, it’s time for us to understand the true threat of Islamism. It is a Muslim problem that needs a Muslim solution, and A Battle for the Soul of Islam builds a solid, balanced, and imperative must-read foundation for the fight.
Can a Good Muslim Be a Good American?
Among the unsettling social shifts in the wake of 9/11 was a division here in the United States, often sadly along party lines, between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who believed no Muslim could do wrong. In a compelling and balanced must-read, “one of the most controversial Muslims in the United States” (Jerusalem Post)—a recognized expert on terrorism and a patriotic American—lays bare the crucial differences between Islam and the spiritual cancer known as Islamism and persuasively calls for radical reformation within the Muslim community in order to preserve liberty for all.
About the Author
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is the founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). Dr. Jasser is a first generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Assad regime of Syria in the mid-1960s for American freedom. A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the foundation principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state.