I was lucky enough to be one of the 45 Men to be featured in this new book: “All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim”.
I talk about how I became interested in Media Activism work and my struggles (and accomplishments) as the youngest member of my masjid board. The title of my essay is called “The Trouble Maker.” It will hopefully be an entertaining and educational read for everyone.
You can order the book now with a 40% discount on the cover price by purchasing from the White Cloud Press website here: http://tinyurl.com/765ym7q
Below is a Press Release about the Book:
For far too long, the story of American Muslims has been told by others; rarely do American Muslim men emerge as protagonists of their own narratives, representing their religion or depicted in a way other than as violent extremists, misogynists, and irrational, angry, bearded brown men.
Although the United States strives to be a place where its citizens are encouraged to coexist and thrive, the practice of scapegoating often prevails, creating unnecessary economic, social and cultural divides. African Americans, Native Americans, Irish, Jews, Italians, and Japanese have all experienced challenges to their American experience. American Muslims are not exempt, often targets of fear-based attacks, while the media and the entertainment industry all too often serve up negative images of Islam’s followers.
Recent examples of events that have contributed to this negative narrative include:
• The New York Police Department is caught spying on Muslims based on religious activities and without any evidence of wrong-doing.
• 47% of Americans recently polled said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.
• In 2011, 49 bills were introduced in 29 states to ban Shariah law
• 41% of Americans would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim
Co-edited by playwright, humorist, and lawyer Wajahat Ali, All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim (June 2012, White Cloud Press, ISBN: 978-1-935952-59-6, $16.95) highlights voices of an emerging and impactful generation of American men that seek to debunk and re-orient existing narratives of their faith and their community.
The contributors, all under 45 years old, were either born in America or were raised in America from a young age. They are husbands, fathers, brothers, nephews, sons —including a math teacher, a lawyer with the US Army, an emcee and spoken word artist, several comedians, an HBO Def poet, a transgender activist, professors, a doctor, IT consultants, filmmakers, and an engineer.
Reza Aslan, best-selling author and American scholar of Islam, has said of the book: “Here is a chance for American Muslims to seize the mic from the pundits and politicians who claim to know what Islam is and what Muslims want, and to speak for themselves about their hopes and aspirations, their trials and tribulations, and, above all else, their unique identity as Americans. At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is growing in this country, there could be no more vital book than this.”
For speaking engagements or interviews contact:
Steve Scholl, White Cloud Press