Scattered Pictures: Reflections Of An American Muslim

  • Title: Scattered Pictures: Reflections Of An American Muslim
  • Author: Zaid Shakir
  • ISBN: 9780970284358
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scattered Pictures Reflections Of An American Muslim This literary release seeks to engage readers in meaningful dialogue communal reflection and social and spiritual change Scattered Pictures is an anthology of essays which discuss difficult and oft
    This literary release seeks to engage readers in meaningful dialogue, communal reflection, and social and spiritual change Scattered Pictures is 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 reliThis literary release seeks to engage readers in meaningful dialogue, communal reflection, and social and spiritual change Scattered Pictures is 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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    About Zaid Shakir


    1. Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles, he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith based work.Born in Berkeley, California, he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University While at Rutgers, he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa, and co founded a local Islamic center, Masjid al Huda.After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt, he settled in New Haven, Connecticut and continued his community activism, co founding Masjid al Islam, the Tri State Muslim Education Initiative, and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee As Imam of Masjid al Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear headed a community renewal and grassroots anti drug effort, and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University He then left for Syria to pursue his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences.For seven years in Syria, and briefly in Morocco, he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic, Islamic law, Quranic studies, and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age In 2001, he graduated from Syria s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut, serving again as the Imam of Masjid al Islam, and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues That same year, his translation from Arabic into English of The Heirs of the Prophets was published by Starlatch Press.In 2003, he moved to Hayward, California to serve as a scholar in residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute, where he now teaches courses on Arabic, Islamic law, history, and Islamic spirituality In 2005, Zaytuna Institute published Scattered Pictures, an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir.He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non Muslims alike.


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    1. This book was a very interesting read. I enjoyed reading his short biography and his journey to Islam. I also enjoyed the topics he brought up that range from politics, racism and terrorism to problems Muslims face today. He may have had Muslims living in the US in mind but some of these issues are faced by Muslims here in Egypt (if not everywhere) as well.I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Imam Zaid :)

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    2. Upon first meeting Imam Zaid Shakir many years ago, my family and I got an autographed copy of this book because we were so amazed by this scholars speech. I'm then made an attempt to go to almost every event he is a speaker of in our local community, including last nights' SF Halaqa on the history of Muslims in America and was again amazed. It was so much so that I tweeted (bit/yrDOzZ) that such topics should be part of our schools US history education.This book is an eye-opener and a must read [...]

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    3. I bought this book hoping that it would be entirely an autobiographical narrative of Imam Zaid's life, as he is one of the most inspiring Muslim figures in America, and his example has influenced me for nearly two decades--I knew some things, and would have loved to read on his life more extensively, in the tradition of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." There is an excellent essay on his life in this anthology of essays by Imam Zaid, who, as can be expected, writes in a an inspiring, erudite, th [...]

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    4. "It was in Syria that I discovered my humanity."-pg. 24"Another consequence of my time in Syria was the demystification of the Muslim world. I no longer viewed it as a mythical place where an ideal Islam was practiced. It was now a real human society with real human problems"-pg. 26"I would move on to join the staff at Zaytuna Institute, founded by a dear friend, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, to work to advance what I saw as a balanced, tradition-respecting Islam; an Islam conducive to bringing forth the [...]

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    5. an amazing book of short stories I actually had signed by the Imam at a conference in Canada masha'Allah very worthwhile read, not for iman purposes but for some peace away from the usual Islamic books without the blushing or horrendous descriptions of non Islamic literature

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    6. It will give you a whole new perspective on Imam Zaid and where he's coming from. It's really profound to see the evolution of his ideas.

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    7. Love it, love it, love it

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    8. This book is a collection of essays. Some essays were very good and very interestingme were verbose and above my level of understanding.

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    9. Imam Zaid is so insightful. This book is imperative for Muslim Americans to better understand the inner workings of our communities.

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    10. GREAT reflection of an American Muslim.

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    11. interesting book talking about how Imam Zaid became muslim and other topics he has written about.

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    12. I really enjoyed this book. I read it before becoming Muslim and was happy to see that Muslims vary in degree just as any other group of people. It was honest and very reassuring.

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    13. A book of short essays, very insightful read, and I would recommend it to anyone, Muslim or Not Muslim.

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    14. very short and sweet read, of african american reflections pre and post islam.

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