Journey Into Islam

“Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization”
Published by Brookings Institution Press


“Why?” Years after September 11 we are still looking for answers. Akbar Ahmed, the internationally renowned Islamic scholar, knew that the question could not be answered until Islam and the West move past the hatred and mistrust escalated by globalization and the war on terror. Seeking to establish dialogue and understanding between these cultures, Ahmed led a team of dedicated young Americans on a daring, unprecedented tour of the Muslim world. Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization is the riveting story of their search for common ground.


From the mosques of Damascus to the madrassahs of Karachi and to the malls of Jakarta, Ahmed and his companions set out to listen to the fears, hopes, and beliefs of everyday Muslims. Here, they give voice to students, professors, sheikhs, presidents and prime ministers, even to cab drivers—and how they really view America, its policies and globalization. Ahmed and his team returned from their groundbreaking journey through nine Muslim countries with both cause for concern and occasion for hope.


As Western leaders wage a war on terrorism, Ahmed, rejecting stereotypes and conventional thinking about Islam and globalization, offers a new framework for understanding the Muslim world and makes suggestions on how the United States can improve relations with this vitally important region. Written with equal parts compassion and urgency, this book makes a powerful plea for forming bonds across religion, race and tradition to create lasting harmony between Islam and the West. Journey into Islam is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future survival of the United States as a world leader, for the individual who faces the painful changes of globalization and for the very future of our planet.

13 responses to “Journey Into Islam

  1. Excellent book ! Need one on America from a muslim scholar. Hope this will fill this void.

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  3. This is amazing what you are doing. I live in a very small town in Southern Virginia. We have an even smaller masjid. I converted to Islam about 3 years ago and started wearing hijab. I work for a bank, so it was a big change for my customers as well as me. I still hear things like “why are you wrapped up”, “are you cold”, etc. Halloween week draws planty comments as well. But generally, people are positive. I am often questioned about being white and muslim, as if that’s not possible. :) I am asked a lot of questions about my belief and practices, but people have been so nice. My family has as well. I was so afraid at first, but since then I have never looked back. I can’t imagine life any other way now. I am quite officially one of about five women in my town to wear hijab, but we are a very proud minority. :) Thanks again for the work you are doing and I hope this information and sharing continue on.

    • Hello Jennifer,
      What a great country it is that after converting to Islam you are still able to keep up your Job and people are still nice to you. Would you please inquire about Islamic countries what can be life after converting from Islam to other religions?
      I hope after a handful white convert to Islam they will bring a big change is Islam as well.
      I do apologize if my post can offend anybody.
      My God help all of you through His Son Jesus Christ to learn Truth.

      Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If YOU men had known me, YOU would have known my Father also; from this moment on YOU know him and have seen him.”
      Bible
      My His undeserved kindness and peace be with you.

  4. an excellent project and many thanks to the professor for conducting it.

    peace!

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  6. wow. i mean, WOW! there are some pretty ignorant comments on this wall. anyway, i heard about this research initiative via youtube. cant wait to watch and learn more. i wonder why i wasnt called to do research. and what convo is going on concerning african american muslims? (yes, i am african american and muslim– no i did not convert but my parents did–and no they were not in the NOI). i just think its funny now that ppl are so interested in american muslims. we weren’t the hot topic back in grade school (well, during the first gulf war when i was in kindergarten i guess we were). but anyway, carry on. but ppl should know that islam was in america before america was free from the british. muslims of african decent fought in the revolutionary war, civil war, and all the other wars so we paid our dues. but like i said…carry on.

    • As-Salaam Alaikum Basheera
      Excellent point. Excellent point. I believe the African American voice can and will be part of the collective voice. The scholars have to step up and make it a priority to bring attention to the vast well of knowledge and contributions of the African American Muslim.
      sumiyyah@uga.edu

  7. my bad about the previous post. i meant to write this on the other wall where i actually read ignorant comments. good day to you all.

  8. I m from turkey . I have been america. I didn’t see any negative behaviour. congratulations. it is really fantastic project. I suppose it ‘ ll continue.

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