“offer[s] a rare glimpse into the military establishment and how it treats people who are marginalized by the mainstream American public.”
". . . should be required reading for all Western policymakers who keep making the same mistakes regarding Islamic terrorism."
Graeme Wood traces the origins of this work and his pursuit of greater understanding of the Islamic State to having almost been killed by a suicide bomber in Mosul in 2004.
Any intelligent person knows that most Muslims are peaceful people, and that they’d tell you Islam is a religion of peace.
In recent times of rising Islamophobia, rampant misinformation about Islam, and political rhetoric against Muslims, books showcasing the positive aspects of Muslims in America are very welcome.
Marriage is impossible.
“This book may not change hearts or minds, but it will provoke thought and discussion—and that is a contribution.”
“not a book for the faint-hearted but demands to be read by both ‘westerners’ and Muslims alike.”
“A reasoned and systematic historical analysis of contemporary Islamic societies is a book still waiting to be written.”
“Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine scans rituals so venerable they lack inventors, and doctrines so fresh he watches them evolve in real time.”
“An astute, vigorous, and candid participant-observer who seeks to radicalize the conditions by which Arab men and women can find satisfying, secular, and sensible lives together.”