September 30, 2015

The Muslim faith

Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam
by Sumbul Ali-Kramali

There is a lot of fear and misunderstanding when it comes to Muslims; misrepresentations by Western media have a lot to do with it. No religion is without problems, as Sumbul Ali-Kramali clearly demonstrates in her book. The interpretation of holy books are influenced by history, cultural differences, or patriarchal societies. It is left to individuals to decide how devout they choose to be.

Though it sounds serious, this is not that kind of book. Ali-Kramali writes with an accessible, light, gently humorous touch that dispels some of the mystery surrounding Islam. Divided into three parts, Part One covers food, prayer, holidays, clothing, and relationships between men and women, Part Two discusses the history of the Islamic faith, and Part Three takes a close look at demographics and the status of women.

Balanced by Ali-Kramali's personal experiences, this is a calm, insightful conversation about the Islamic faith that young and adult readers can easily appreciate.

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