A Muslim on the Bridge: On Being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Century

A Muslim on the Bridge On Being an Iraqi Arab Muslim in the Twenty First Century A memoir and meditation on faith A Muslim on the Bridge On Being an Iraqi Arab Muslim in the Twenty first Century tells a story of transformation and reflection as the author thoughtfully but pointed

  • Title: A Muslim on the Bridge: On Being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Century
  • Author: Ali Shakir علي شاكر
  • ISBN: 9789881554291
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • A memoir and meditation on faith, A Muslim on the Bridge On Being an Iraqi Arab Muslim in the Twenty first Century tells a story of transformation and reflection as the author thoughtfully but pointedly deconstructs the widespread misconceptions about Islam, arguably the world s most misunderstood major religion The son of a Shia father and a Sunni mother, Ali was born iA memoir and meditation on faith, A Muslim on the Bridge On Being an Iraqi Arab Muslim in the Twenty first Century tells a story of transformation and reflection as the author thoughtfully but pointedly deconstructs the widespread misconceptions about Islam, arguably the world s most misunderstood major religion The son of a Shia father and a Sunni mother, Ali was born in Baghdad in 1969 At this time in Iraq s history, the country had a Muslim heritage but was a secular, diverse society Neither of Ali s parents prayed, fasted, or visited the mosque He and his friends grew up listening to Western pop music and watching Western films They studied at a school established by American Jesuit priests in the early twentieth century and Saddam Hussein s sons Uday and Qusay were among the students in that school at the time of Ali s enrollment The years that followed saw drastic changes in Iraq as Saddam strong armed the country into a strict, fundamentalist application of Islam, an interpretation Ali rejects A Muslim on the Bridge is an essential read for our times, a book that takes a close, informed, and rational look at problematic issues in Islam like polygamy, violence, divorce, homosexuality, veiled women, interfaith marriages, apostasy, and the perception of other cultures and religions.

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    1. A Muslim on the Bridge is an honest account of the lives of many moderate Arabs facing the rise of radicalism in the region in the past century. As a Jordanian born for a christian family, I could relate to almost all of what Ali Shaker said in spite of him being an Iraqi Shia. The book is written for a foreign audience, as an Arab, I found myself wanted to commend Ali and second him on everything he said. It is all right on the spot. It is an easy and simple read, engaging and entertaining, and [...]

    2. This is a fascinating look at a forty-something Muslim man originally from Iraq. Ali Shakir was raised in an open minded society in 1970s Iraq. When the war with Iran broke out, life there deteriorated, but as the author shows, the extremism wasn't so apparent back then. I enjoyed reading about the contrasts between the 1970s/80s and now. Each chapter is devoted to a different subject. I hadn't realized that halal eating regulations have grown stricter only recently. Ali Shakir writes with a dee [...]

    3. If we close our eyes, trying to think of an Arab Muslim, our minds would most likely illustrate a stern-faced man with a long beard, a turban, eyes full of anger and a hoarse voice that makes his wife tremble with fear in her black burqa. Many years of exposure to media stereotypes of Muslim men and women have indeed created an image in our heads Westerners so solid, no clarification made by the moderate Muslim speakers can dream of shaking. All of a sudden, an Iraqi-Arab Muslim expat in his for [...]

    4. Recently met the author so was intrigued to read his book. Would urge people to read, particularly those who lump all Muslims in together. I am intrigued by religion, it fascinates me, not just western but all religion. To me so much of it reads the same and I once read somewhere that the different religions are different but the same, like the vital organs that make up a human body, it takes all the organs to keep the body alive, take away one and life ceases. I admire the honesty of this work. [...]

    5. Started on this a couple of days ago, wondering if I would find a further understanding of the contemporary Muslim world. In the light of current tragic events in Paris and the rest of the world, it is hard to know whether Shakir's book will provide any hope So, having just finished the book - 4 stars for honesty and bravery. Additionally, I suppose I hadn't fully understood the degree to which apostasy (renunciation of one's faith) may be punishable in Muslim society ( ie significant threat of [...]

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