Islam: The Straight Path by Kurt Esposito and The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe
by Jytte Klausen
Americans are quick to judge, and too often swing the finger of blame across an entire group of people. Such, I believe, is the case with Muslims. There are more than 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and 1.6 million live in the United States. Only a small fraction of these people can honestly be labeled as terrorists. They are, rather, faithful adherents to the world’s second largest religion, and loyal citizens of the countries in which they live.
I do not dismiss the danger of radical religious terrorists, Muslim or otherwise. But it is crucial that we don’t brand all Muslims as enemies of the USA. Part of the problem in this country is that we do not understand Islam. These two books offer a thoughtful and clear discussion of Islam and the Muslim people, from Muhammad and the Quran to the religion and politics of contemporary Islam. I highly recommend them.