Author: Haroon Siddiqui
Publisher: Groundwood Boos / House of Anansi Press (2006)
Pages: 160 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Islam, always a charged topic in the West, has become more so since 9/11. It draws strong reactions from both defenders critics. The two sides rarely talk, and when they try, they don’t listen to each other very well.
There has been a flood of books about Islam. There are books by Muslims for fellow believers denying the problems that do exist or claiming to fix them by battling for the “soul” of Islam. There are anti-Islamic tracts galore. There are books with breathless titles meant to scare us about terrorism. There are political tomes for political insiders, diplomats and academics.
This book is a cross-cultural attempt to bridge many of these different worlds. Based on the author’s travels in Muslim lands and his interviews with experts there and in the West, the book summarizes the impact of terrorism on Muslims; explains how Islam is interwoven into the daily lives of ordinary Muslims, regardless of where they live; dissects Western discourse, especially the media’s, on Islam and Muslims; and tackles all the controversial topics, from terrorism to the treatment of/women. It ends with the hope that, despite the current misunderstandings, there are reasons to expect a future of mutual understanding.
Haroon Siddiqui, one of Canada’s most highly regarded newspaper editors and a past president of PEN Canada, has been a voice of moderation and wisdom in the post-9/11 world. A columnist at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, he has a readership that includes people from every corner of the earth and practitioners of all the world’s religions. He has been awarded the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor.