U.S. MUSLIMS’ BELIEFS VARY LIKE OTHER BELIEVERS, AUTHOR FINDS
Most Americans don’t know many Muslims, familiar only with those whose names evoke fear, hatred and defiance. But others are curious, even concerned, about Islam, its American adherents and the creeping fundamentalism we’ve heard so much about.
A new book by Paul M. Barrett, a Business Week editor and a former Wall Street Journal writer and editor, introduces readers to a range of Muslims who struggle to live their faith in a country that is often ignorant, ill-informed and unwelcoming.
In “American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25, 304 pages), Barrett profiles several Muslims: an imam, a scholar, an activist, a webmaster, a newspaper publisher, a feminist and a pair of mystics. His subjects are as different from each other as any handful of Muslims gathered from across the United States.