Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Would a Muslim Say

Title: What Would a Muslim Say: Conversations, Questions, and Answers about Islam

Author: Ahmed Lotfy Rashed

Genre: Non-fiction, Religious Studies

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Synopsis: With Dialogue Comes UNDERSTANDING
There are many books that teach Islam, preach it, criticize it, or academically explain it. The focus of this book is different. This book is a compilation of actual conversation transcripts, showcasing everyday people asking real questions and getting real answers about Islam.
What Would a Muslim Say is a series of books documenting my experiences as an interfaith volunteer. Ever since 2009, I have facilitated dialogue with many different people, answering questions about Islam and addressing misconceptions. This is the first book in the series, covering conversations from 2009 to 2011. My hope is that this can be a small step towards better understanding and harmony.
The conversations in these books are real. Some are curious, some are concerned, some are hostile, some are academic, and some are soul-searching. The purpose of this book is to share these kinds of conversations with people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to speak to a Muslim about Islam.

Review: Loved this book! The format is new and innovative, and the content is very informative. Instead of a question/answer straight out format, it's a series of written conversations between two people. It doesn't read as contrived or scripted and gave me new insight into the Muslim faith.

Where to buy: Amazon

About the Author: Ahmed Lotfy Rashed was born in Egypt and raised in Maryland. He studied physics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. While there, he was on the Speakers Bureau for the Muslim Students’ Association. He continued his education in Pennsylvania, earning his Masters’ Degree at Bryn Mawr College. 
During his three years of graduate study, he served as Public Relations Officer for the Muslim Students’ Association. It was at this time that Ahmed started talking about Islam at various churches, temples, and schools. He became known for his informal and approachable demeanor. His ability to break down complex religious and historical contexts for audiences earned him high reviews. He also taught math and science at the local Islamic School. In addition, he led the Youth Committee of the local mosque in Villanova. Soon after graduating, he married and found employment in Boston as a research engineer. 
Since coming to Boston in 2004, he has been an active volunteer at several mosques in the Greater Boston Area. He has been the head instructor for the local Islam101 class since 2006. Also, he has been a volunteer for since 2009. He has presented Islam at schools and churches, and he has hosted visits to several major mosques in the area. 
Ahmed continues to work and live in the Greater Boston Area with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he likes to read about comparative religions, Islamic law, Islamic history, and military history. He also has a weakness for fantasy and science-fiction novels – a problem of which his wife is still trying very hard to cure him.

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