Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam

Growing Up Muslim Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam Author Sumbul Ali Karamali offers her personal account discussing the many and varied questions she fielded from curious friends and schoolmates while growing up in Southern California from diet to

  • Title: Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam
  • Author: Sumbul Ali-Karamali
  • ISBN: 9780804123563
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Audio
  • Author Sumbul Ali Karamali offers her personal account, discussing the many and varied questions she fielded from curious friends and schoolmates while growing up in Southern California from diet, to dress, to prayer and holidays and everything in between She also provides an academically reliable introduction to Islam, addressing its inception, development and current deAuthor Sumbul Ali Karamali offers her personal account, discussing the many and varied questions she fielded from curious friends and schoolmates while growing up in Southern California from diet, to dress, to prayer and holidays and everything in between She also provides an academically reliable introduction to Islam, addressing its inception, development and current demographics.Through this engaging work, readers will gain a better understanding of the everyday aspects of Muslim American life, to dispel many of the misconceptions that still remain and open a dialogue for tolerance and acceptance.

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    1. This book provides great insight on a religion that is far too often misunderstood. There are many false stereotypes about Muslims and this author does a nice job of shining a much more realistic and positive light on this population compared to what we’re used to seeing in the media.

    2. I learned so much from Growing Up Muslim. It is a timely book and should be read by EVERYONE. Ali-Karamali breaks down all parts of Islam and being Muslim. She explains cultural vs. religious aspects of being a Muslim. I think this is a great kids' book that should be read by adults. Honestly, I don't know very many middle or high school students who would actually sit down and read it cover to cover. It is a shame because Growing Up Muslim explains so much to non-Muslims. To me it explained how [...]

    3. I learned so much from Growing Up Muslim. It is a timely book and should be read by EVERYONE. Ali-Karamali breaks down all parts of Islam and being Muslim. She explains cultural vs. religious aspects of being a Muslim. I think this is a great kids' book that should be read by adults. Growing Up Muslim explains so much to non-Muslims. To me it explained how much we all have in COMMON rather than what is different.

    4. In an easy to read, conversational style, the author explains a wide variety of Muslim cultures, traditions and life styles. These range from very mundane, such as what Muslims can wear and eat (as well as why these choices are important), to the ways that Muslims are supposed to act (dating, giving to charity, etc.), to the religious minutiae that sets them apart from other religions (beliefs, rites, etc.). I was very interested in this topic, since I have a fair number of students who are Musl [...]

    5. The author, a California Muslim, portrays the Muslim faith and glamorizes it as she discusses some of the beliefs and practices of the religion of Islam. She addresses it the way she sees it not as practiced by radicals. Comparisons are made to Christianity and Judaism.

    6. Since this is written with upper grade elementary to middle school students as the target the information is clear, accessible, and organized. The author covers most everything including holidays, treatment of women, the history of Islam, practices, the difference between culture and religious observation, the differences between the different sects, the Black Muslim movement, fundamentalism and fundamentalist sects, and draws accurate and relevant comparisons to Islam's sister religions - Judai [...]

    7. "Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam" is such a fascinating and informative book. I, personally, studied Islam for a project for NHF (way back in high school), which involved interviewing several imams and I never learned as much with them as I did by reading this book! No offense to those imams, but I can't fully emphasize how much clearer Islam is to me now. In my local library, the book was labeled and categorized under "Young Adult", however this book has such [...]

    8. Growing up Muslim offers a part memoir, but part nonfiction account of an ancient religion in a modern context geared towards preteen and teenage students. Clearly written for a Western audience, Growing Up Muslim compares and contrasts this major religion to both Christianity and Judaism. Basic stories from the Qu’ran are offset by similar stories that take place in the Bible or Torah. The basic, engaging information about Muslims is intertwined with the author’s first person perspectives [...]

    9. This book has been the best education about Islam that I have ever encountered. I don't have a lot of personal connections with Muslims, and so my experience is admittedly limited, but this book clearly answers so many questions I didn't even know I had about Muslim customs and Islamic beliefs. Written in a narrative, first person voice, this account clearly explains the history of Islam, customs, beliefs, celebrations, everyday life, prayer and much more. Not only that, it also works to dispel [...]

    10. A clear and eloquent book that draws on the author’s personal experiences growing up in America to dispel a number of misconceptions about Islam. The writing is engaging, backed by research and is peppered with relatable situations that allows readers to engage in her telling of the origins, evolution, religious contexts, and cultural aspects that influence Islam. Must read for middle-schoolers and beyond.

    11. Interesting and easy to understand book about the history of Islam. Simply stated. Relevant to understanding today's concerns about Muslims. Should be a discussion book in christian churches.

    12. I liked it "Growing up Muslim "is really helpful book for the teen especially who is seeking correct information about islam. I enjoyed more when she is talking about her childhood as a muslim kid.

    13. Coming from the point of you of someone who didn't know too much about Islam or various cultures that are influenced by Islam, this book was a very concise brief intrlduction to Islam.

    14. Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam by Sambul Ali-Karamali (published August 2012 by Delacourt Books for Young Readers) provides a practical and personal account of what it means to be a Muslim in America. Relating her own personal experiences growing up as a Muslim in Southern California, Ms Ali-Karamali manages to speak to young adults in both a practical and a friendly tone as she explains the difficulties and complications that arise from being a part of a com [...]

    15. It's hard for me to judge anymore what grade level books are because so many books listed as being for teens end up being better-written than books marketed to adults. (Also, I read Jane Eyre in third grade and Harry Potter as an adult, so clearly I don't follow the so-called rules anyway.) This is a well-written, clear, concise introduction to Islam. It covers not only the author's experience of growing up an Indian Muslim in the US, but also explains the basics of the history of Islam, the pra [...]

    16. This was a great basic overview of Islam and what it's like to grow up Muslim. Highly recommended for everyone!

    17. Amazing discussion of the history of Islam, what Islam teaches, and effect of the cultural influences on Muslims. Written in a style anyone can understand, it depicts Islam in America and around the world. Very enlightening.

    18. My final thoughts:Via Black 'n Write ReviewsThis book was well organized and clearly written. This is a non-fiction that teaches Muslim-born children what being Muslim is, from the clothes that are worn and the food that is eaten and even touches on the Five Pillars of Islam, and certain stories about the Prophet Muhammad, and how Islam is similarly linked to Christianity and Judaism based on the holy books of each religion. This book is also useful for inquiring minds as well, answering questio [...]

    19. Another book that I borrowed as an ebook from the library without knowing it was for "young readers." No matter! It's still a worthwhile read -- after all, I was introduced to the religion I grew up in through "young reader" material. Not that this book doesn't have topical heft to it. It's a solid, sensible primer. You get the Five Pillars, you get the difference between Sunni and Shi'a, you get the whole headcovering thing, you get a careful explanation of how the Qur'an forbids the kind of te [...]

    20. Sumbul Ali-Karmali, with Growing Up Muslim, has provided young readers with an easy to read, concise explanation of all things Muslim, from what Muslims eat and wear to the history of this peaceful religion. I had hoped, when I chose the book, that it would cover more of how Muslim children deal with and encounter things in school, and the book touches on that, but not in the detail I wanted. But it has a lot of answers to questions young readers might have about this religion that has been revi [...]

    21. Brilliant. A must read for anyone who wants to learn about Islamic culture and beliefs. I found the writing style to be perfectly paced and clearly defined without a need to refer to a glossary all the time. This book gives the reader a better than basic level of information while not getting bogged down into the small yet critical details of this religion's history and current times. It defines the holidays, food requirements, prayer times, and clothing. I was beyond fascinated and I'm so glad [...]

    22. Enlightening, straightforward, and at times humorous, this is a clear look at what can cometimes be a confusing and/or misunderstood topic. The author addresses a middle school audience, (but can be appreciated by other groups as well) answering some basic questions about Muslim people and the Islamic religion. She tackles: clothing, food, holidays, prayers, as well as the basic tenets of the faith. I think she did an excellent job identifying and clarifying what the Islam faith holds in common [...]

    23. This book is simply and delightfully written. It was so fascinating to learn more about the beliefs, customs, and practices of the Muslim people. The author lives in Southern California and often found her friends asking her questions about her beliefs. This comprehensive books gives simple explanations of her life: What is Ramadan? Why do they dress differently? What do Muslims eat? Why do they pray several times a day? What holidays do they celebrate? She even includes some of her favorite rec [...]

    24. I listened to this on tape and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! This book covers both the historical, contemporary, and author's personal aspects of Islam. At first, I thought she was being a bit too defensive and dismissive of the religion's history of oppression. However, she covered this really well in later chapters. She makes the important distinction that Islam itself is not inherently oppressive for certain groups (Muhammad might in fact be called a feminist by today's standards), but i [...]

    25. I enjoyed the conversational style of this book about growing up as a Muslim (born of immigrant parents) in the United States. The author has a degree in Islamic law, so she has the background to speak with some authority on the subject. And that does not take away from the fact that this book is intended for a teen audience.I found it enjoyable that some of the narrative is about food, which is central to all cultures. Also the way Muslims practice fasting is interesting. I learned more about I [...]

    26. This book is a great introduction to the history, religious beliefs and practices, and major cultures of Islam.Ali-Karamali's narration of her book was perfect for listening to on my commute. She spoke slowly and clearly, with an even and upbeat tone. I could often hear her smiling as she spoke. It was one of those great combinations of learning a lot, and also feeling like I'd like to get to know the author.Even though it was written for children (the library doesn't have an audio version of he [...]

    27. Excellent information, good writing, and extremely relevant. This book made me think more deeply about what I already knew about Islam and Muslims, and taught me quite a few new things. Aside from Sunday school and confirmation classes as a youth, I haven't really studied any religion so it was particularly interested in learning more about the close relationship of the Islam, Judaism, and Christianity religions. (Audio book: Author reads it herself and is okay, but the book is good enough that [...]

    28. I sought out this type of book when I accidently and truly unknowingly placed a couple students who I knew to be Muslim in a quandry by offering them Starburst as a reward. I was unaware that this and other similar foods was not in keeping with some of their religious beliefs. The initial part of the book was very helpful in understanding the religious beliefs and restrictions of students that I encounter. The latter part of the book was very helpful in understanding the Muslim religion in the w [...]

    29. This is a great and detailed book for any Muslim child/teenager growing up in a none Muslim majority country like the US. It explains the rules of the religion in a simple and concise way and debunk and explains a lot of the misconceptions regarding the religion. I was especially impressed when the author took the time to explain the difference between cultural and religious rules and how some confuse the two when it comes to Islam.

    30. This is an interesting and informative look at Islam. The author includes comparisons to other Western religions to help clarify some points and uses examples from her own childhood and experiences to personalize the book. Information is presented in a nonjudgmental way, even recognizing that some people do not practice any religion. I think this could be a useful book for teens interested in knowing more about Islam.

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