Scattered Pictures: Reflections of an American Muslim : an Anthology of Essays

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NID Publishers, 2005 - 186 páginas
This literary release seeks to engage readers in meaningful dialogue, communal reflection, and social and spiritual change.Scattered Picturesis an anthology of essays, which discuss difficult and oftentimes controversial topics. In these turbulent times, these are issues that if left un-addressed, could continue to spiral downwards into serious political, social and religious discord. This shining book will appeal to all readers interested in critical solutions for a harmonious understanding across divides in humanity and is an innovative guide for students at both the high school and college levels. One of the most respected and influential Muslim scholars in the West, Imam Shakir is also a former member of the US Air Force and a Political Science professor. With long-standing dedication to the human community, Imam Shakir has helped to shape a better understanding of the conflicts we face. He has forged campaigns for human rights and social justice, and his devotion stands in helping to build and reinforce intellectual and spiritual roots, so that we as a global community may begin to adopt solution-oriented strategies.

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The Making of a Muslim
9
We Are All Collateral Damage
29
Islām and the Question of Nationalism
45
Islām the Prophet Muhammad it and Blackness
63
Reflections on Black History Month
83
Trees
99
Peace and Justice in Islam
113
Reflections on the Tsunami
143
The Issue of Female Prayer Leadership
167
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Imam Zaid Shakirwas born in Berkeley, California and accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He graduated summa cum laude and earned a BA in International Relations at the American University in Washington, D.C. and an MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. While overseas in Egypt, Syria, and Morocco, he studied Arabic and traditional Islamic sciences including Islamic law, Qur'an, and Islamic spirituality. He co-founded Masjid Al-Islam in Connecticut and taught Political Science at Southern Connecticut State University. He has written numerous articles for various magazines, journals, newspapers, and translated several books from Arabic into English including "Heirs of the Prophets". Imam Zaid Shakir currently teaches full-time at the Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California as a scholar- in - residence.

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