“By most estimates, Islam is now the largest non-Christian religion in the United States. And yet some 60 percent of Americans claim never to have met a Muslim. No wonder, then, that so many wild misconceptions about Muslims endure in the United States. Indeed, a third of Americans told Gallup pollsters in July 2006 that they thought America’s Muslims are sympathetic to al-Qaeda…. American Islamprovides a welcome antidote to the widespread Islamophobia that has infected so many Americans over the last five years.”
Reza Aslan reviews Paul M. Barrett’s American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion.