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American Islamic media: assorted and aspiring

When a visitor stopped by his office, Ahmed Osman pointed to a table laden with paperbacks that Amana Publications, a publisher of Islamic books, had
been producing at its headquarters in Beltsville, Md., a Washington suburb, where Mr. Osman is director of publications.

"Muslim Teens: A Practical Islamic Parenting Guide" was one title. Others dealt with marriage, conversion and more. But the big seller was the Koran, in the English-language translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Mr. Osman said.

Amana belongs to a widely scattered universe of American Muslim publishing, which links members of an ethnically diverse community through newspapers,
magazines, books and Internet sites…

…Ibrahim Hooper, national director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said many American Muslims also got their news from the Internet.

One site is, with a 12-member staff and headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Its chief executive, Muhammed Abdul Aleem, said its goal was to create "a medium for Muslims around the world and for non-Muslims, where they can get an objective view of Islam..."


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