The Islamic Experience

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform patrons of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. Please consider a wealth of titles highlighting the Islamic Experience available at your Westlake Porter Public Library.
The following books were recommended by Sandra Collins, Director of Information Services and Professor of Sacred Scripture in Pittsburgh. Ms. Collins is the spirituality and religion columnist for Library Journal magazine.  Reviews are quoted from  Copy the link for more information.
Ali, Ayaan Hirsi. "Nomad: From Islam to America; A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations"  Hirsi Ali tells of coming to America to build a new life, an ocean away from the death threats made to her by European Islamists, the strife she witnessed, and the inner conflict she suffered.
Ali, Ayaan Hirsi. "Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now"  Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies, and powerful examples from contemporary Muslim societies and cultures, Heretic is not so much a call to arms as a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of global tolerance.
Armstrong, Karen. "Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time"  Karen Armstrong's immaculately researched new biography of Muhammad will enable readers to understand the true origins and spirituality of a faith that is all too often misrepresented as cruel, intolerant, and inherently violent.
Aboulela, Leila. "Minaret"  Leila Aboulela's American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman -- once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London -- gradually embracing her orthodox faith.
Hamid, Mohsin. "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"  In the wake of September 11, "the main character" finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned.
Hosseini, Khaled. "The Kite Runner"  A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years...
Rushdie, Salman. "The Satanic Verses"  Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined.
Nafisi, Azar. "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
Queen Noor. "Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life"  The dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman's remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation.
Yousafzai, Malala & Christina Lamb. "I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban"   The remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
If you wish to read any of these titles, you may place a hold on a book online by logging into your account and clicking on the library catalog, or by calling 440-871-2600 and asking for the Reference desk.
Ms. Collins also recommends the following informative websites:  The Directory of Open Access Journals was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden and contains 9000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.  The site's mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.  This website is for people of various faiths who seek to understand Islam and Muslims. It contains a lot of brief, yet informative articles about different aspects of Islam. New articles are added every week.  The American Foreign Policy Council’s World Almanac of Islamism is a comprehensive resource focusing on the nature of the contemporary Islamist threat in individual countries and regions, intended to provide an accurate picture of the rise or decline of radical Islamism on a national, regional and global level.  The original and largest guide to restaurants and markets serving halal (meat prepared according to Islamic law).
Please find the link to Sandra Collins' article, "The Voices of Islam," as follows:

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