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New Book Spearheads Renaissance of Muslim American Community

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Souheil Ghannouchi launches latest book project.

Souheil Ghannouchi launches latest book project.

New Book Spearheads Renaissance of Muslim American Community

Dr. Souheil Ghannouchi advocates a project through which participants will launch an American renaissance movement inspired by a new, revitalized, and uniquely American expression of Islam

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) June 30, 2012

After more than 20 years of extensive research and interaction with communities across America, Dr. Souheil Ghannouchi attempts to stir up some reflection and discussion about the history, crisis, and future role of Muslim Americans. His new book, Muslim American Renaissance Project, aims to facilitate positive change across American society through greater civic awareness, responsibility, engagement, and cooperation.

Stemming from the author’s firm conviction that both the nation and the community are experiencing a severe crisis, this book is prompted by his grave concern for the future – as well as his unshakable resolve to significantly contribute towards the fundamental change that is needed right now within the society.

More than a book, Muslim American Renaissance Project is a manifesto that seeks to commit Muslim Americans to Islam as a life mission and to America as a homeland. This mission is centered on uplifting all people as well as on societal reform, and our goal is to inspire and empower people to effect positive change.

The book discusses manifestations of the Muslim Americans’ crisis, its history, and its root causes, including issues concerning identity, leadership, and a distorted Islamic construct. Finally, the book presents a vision and strategy for the needed transformation, based on solid ideological and intellectual foundations.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Dr. Souheil Ghannouchi is a university professor and a prominent Muslim American thinker and community leader. He has extensive knowledge on topics related to Islam and politics. Born in Tunisia to a family with strong religious and political roots, Dr. Ghannouchi was a vigorous activist in his youth. He participated firsthand in Tunisia’s student movement.

During the past twenty years of living in the U.S., first as a graduate student, a professional, and now as a professor, Dr. Ghannouchi has served in the leadership of a number of Muslim American organizations. Dr. Ghannouchi has traveled, lectured, and written extensively and interacted heavily with communities across America in pursuit of his vision for change.

 

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  1. I would be cautious of any person who claims to want to interpret Islam with any way other then the way of the the prophet of Allah peace be upon him and his companions may Allah be pleased with them

  2. yeah don’t be arbogating the koran and the sunnah

    http://www.faithinallah.org/sahih-muslim-book-17-criminal-punishments-hudud/

    stone them, stone them, stone them. off with their hands. lash em.

    yeah muslim aren’t stuck in the 7th century. and if you want to enslave them. then you can free your slave and a greatr sin will be forgiven. lol. but nothing to fear here.

  3. Make your God bigger than your tribe. Muslims do things for their tribes that are forbidden by their God. So fix that, haha.

  4. maybe a few stoning is what you people need the help with all your greatness. These are just a few great thing you have.

    A U.S. Justice Department report released on November 30 showed that a record 7 million people — or one in every 32 American adults — were behind bars, on probation or on parole at the end of last year. Of the total, 2.2 million were in prison or jail.

    Despite tough anti-drug laws, a new survey shows the U.S. has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world.

    The World Health Organization’s survey of legal and illegal drug use in 17 countries, including the Netherlands and other countries with less stringent drug laws, shows Americans report the highest level of cocaine and marijuana use.

    For example, Americans were four times more likely to report using cocaine in their lifetime than the next closest country, New Zealand (16% vs. 4%),

    Marijuana use was more widely reported worldwide, and the U.S. also had the highest rate of use at 42.4% compared with 41.9% of New Zealanders.

    In contrast, in the Netherlands, which has more liberal drug policies than the U.S., only 1.9% of people reported cocaine use and 19.8% reported marijuana use.

    across the United States: The number of children being born out of wedlock has risen sharply in recent years, driven primarily by women in their 20s and 30s opting to have children without getting married. Nearly four out of every 10 births are now to unmarried women.

  5. Well, Salaam, these people should run away from the US with all its problems and go to the muslim lands where it is so much cleaner and better.

    4 good things about the US as any immigrant will tell you:

    plenty of cheap food and clothing

    Loose social structure allows for climbing

    Lack of tribal warfare – no Pashtun/Hazara/religious conflict here.

    If you are in an uncongenial part of the country, you can change your location.

  6. salaam,

    where you been? how’s saudi arabia treating ya? you being in favor of stoning is no suprise.

    sweet stats. yeah our “war on drugs” is perhaps the worst national policy we have. i think like half of those 2.2 million are in on drug charges. all drugs should be legal. someday reason may rule as opposed to religious people wanting to impose their set of “morals” on others.

    salaam, the reason we have 42% marijuana use is because we are ethnicly diverse and it is a part of some cultures. you got an ethnic breakdown on your numbers. don’t worry it doesn’t really matter. but haven’t you heard, you can’t criticize other cultures. also we have alot of free time in america and disposable income. we drink alot too. that’s 80 lashes, right. if we only had sharia in america, jk.

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    Some call it tampee
    Some call it the weed
    Some call it Marijuana
    Some of them call it Ganja

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    Singer smoke it
    And players of instruments too
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    That’s the best thing you can do
    Doctors smoke it
    Nurses smoke it
    Judges smoke it
    Even the lawyers too

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    It’s good for the flu
    It’s good for asthma
    Good for tuberculosis
    Even umara composis

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    Bird eat it
    And they leave it
    Fowls eat it
    Goats love to play with it

  7. this article has so much psychobabble in it there is no way to figure out what this guy stands for. guess you gotta buy the book. maybe we should be more like the ever inventive saudi arabia.

    “Lit Up”

    Oh yeah
    Ya wanna find it
    Come on yeah

    I’m on a plane, with cocaine
    And yes I’m all lit up again
    Cough up love, and touch up
    Your mama said packing lines is sin

    And yes I’m all lit up again
    On the couch, in my bed
    And yes I’m all, lit up again, flying
    I love the cocaine, I love the cocaine
    Mama can you wait, mama can you wait, yeah

    I’m on a train, and ride on
    You know the train is staying off the track
    I’m in touch love, from this crutch
    Well you’re on ten, but honey I’m on eleven

    And yes I’m all lit up again
    On the couch, in my bed
    And yes I’m all, lit up again, flying
    I love the cocaine, I love the cocaine
    Mama can you wait, mama can you wait
    I love the cocaine, I love the cocaine
    Mama can you wait, oh can you wait long?

    Well crack the door for the curious girl cause she’s been waiting, she’s been waiting
    Chop a line for the fiending man ’cause he wants one
    You know, you know you got to, can you feel it can you feel it tonight, are you high love, tell me are you fucking high?
    In the moment you are just so right
    You’re right love, are you right love?

    And yes I’m all lit up again
    On the couch, in my bed
    And yes I’m all, lit up again, flying
    I love the cocaine, I love the cocaine
    Mama can you wait, mama can you wait
    I love the cocaine, I love the cocaine
    Mama can you wait, oh can you wait long?

    Oh yeah
    Don’t wanna fight that
    Alright, yeah
    Yeah

    without the music the lyrics just don’t stand on there own. for either of these songs. my bad. but you can download them for 99cents at i-tunes. party on wayne.

  8. On the other hand plenty of US people are not hedonistic and will tell you that smoking, drinking, weed, drugs, sleeping with as many people as possible and running around naked are not good ideas.

    The non hedonists are the ones picking the hedonists out of the gutter where they fall after their excesses.

  9. Many immigrants still come to US because it is Death to stay where they are.

  10. anon,

    don’t touch me if i’m in a gutter. i’ll crawl my own way out. that’s the problem with you liberals. you think all problems are collective. let the bums lie where they fall.

    speaking of hedonism…. they just mentioned 2 live crew on the radio. remember when they were charged. last call for alcohol, last call for freedom of speech.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_Nasty_As_They_Wanna_Be

    everybody say hey…. we what some….

  11. No tribal warfare. crips bloods mafia drug cartels democrat republican liberal conservative tea party NRA KKK PETA LBGTA black panther party aryan nation 1 percent motorcycle clubs triad yakuza sounds like tribal warfare two me

  12. S3, there is plenty of violence, crime and hate in the US, if there weren’t so many people buying drugs some of it would stop.

    There is no sectarian violence, one religion does not attack another. There are indeed some bad neighborhoods.

    There are depraved, criminal people in all societies. Should we make them hide or have them out in the open?

    As people from both cultures communicate there will probably be a seepage of ideas. Muslims may get ideas about rights and freedoms.

    We may get the idea that religion must be more controlled. There is a proposal to designate Islam as a hate group, like KKK or NOI. I see some Arab spring places are announcing that bahai and other groups must leave. Western nations may announce that muslims must leave.

  13. Maybe because we don’t have attacks and massacres based on religious hatred, and laws biased for a particular religion, a group coming in that screams for the death of the Jews and declares a desire to turn US into a theocracy for themselves is so very unwelcome.

  14. I think muslims are already attaching jews and synagogues. Should they start in on churches, blow up a mall or other large establishment, or detonate a nuclear device obliterating a city, they will be thrown out.

  15. s3,

    so you got a news report of a death caused by “No tribal warfare. crips bloods mafia drug cartels democrat republican liberal conservative tea party NRA KKK PETA LBGTA black panther party aryan nation 1 percent motorcycle clubs triad yakuza sounds like tribal warfare two me”

    the nra and peta have killed how many? the republicans and democrats have killed how many? tea party? the bloods and crips are certainly criminals. YOU ARE FUNNY DUDE. btw the fbi spies on the mafia.

    “I would be cautious of any person who claims to want to interpret Islam with any way other then the way of the the prophet of Allah peace be upon him and his companions may Allah be pleased with them” so you are in favor of lashing fornicators 100 times? how about stoning adulterers? apostates? cutting off thieves hands? lashing drunks. i’m drunk right now.

    are you living in the 7th century or what?

    so why do sunnis blow up shias all the time? well here is sunni on sunni. the “religion of peace”?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18749825

    LBGTA is that (lesbian bi gay transexual association?) what war are they waging?

    “sounds like tribal warfare two me” are you serious?

    “No tribal warfare. crips bloods mafia drug cartels democrat republican liberal conservative tea party NRA KKK PETA LBGTA black panther party aryan nation 1 percent motorcycle clubs triad yakuza sounds like tribal warfare two me” i can’t stop laughing.

  16. A conservative estimate puts the total number of brutal deaths in the 20 th century at more than 250 million. Of these, Muslims are responsible for less than 10 million deaths. Christians, or those coming from Christian backgrounds account for more than 200 million of these! The greatest death totals come from World War I (about 20 million, at least 90 % of which were inflicted by “Christians”) and World War II ( 90 million, at least 50% of which were inflicted by “Christians,” the majority of the rest occurring in the Far East). Given this grim history, it appears that Europeans must all come to grips with the fact that Islamic civilization has actually been incomparably less brutal than Christian civilization. Did the Holocaust of over 6 million Jews occur out of the background of a Muslim Civilization?

    Western and/or Christian powers have been responsible for at least twenty times more deaths than have Muslim powers. In this most brutal of centuries, we created incomparably more civilian casualties than have Muslims in the whole of Islamic history.

  17. Witness the slaughter of 900,000 Rwandans in 1994 in a population that was over 90 % Christian

    The genocide of over 300,000 Muslims and systematic rape of over 100,000 Muslim women by Christian Serbs

    It should also be mentioned that although Islam has the concept of legitimate war in self-defense (as does Christianity, and even Buddhism), nowhere in Islamic culture (or in other cultures that survive today) is there latent the idealization, and perhaps idolization, of violence that exists in Western Culture. Westerners think of themselves as peaceful, but in fact the gentleness and sublimity of the New Testament, and the peace-loving nature of the principles of democracy, are scarcely reflected in Western popular culture. Rather, the entire inclination of popular culture— Hollywood movies, Western television, video games, popular music and sports entertainment—is to glorify and inculcate violence. Accordingly, the relative rates of murder (especially random and serial murder) are higher in the Western World (particularly in the U.S., but even in Europe, taken as a whole) than they are in the Islamic world in counties that are not suffering civil wars, and this true despite the much greater wealth of the West.

  18. s3,

    great stats. the abrahamic religions have shown themselves to be totally brutal.

    “Western and/or Christian powers have been responsible for at least twenty times more deaths than have Muslim powers.” no doubt. but of course when you mean to kill people, and you have nuclear weapons as opposed swords you can kill a lot more people. you have heard of nobel?

    “It should also be mentioned that although Islam has the concept of legitimate war in self-defense (as does Christianity, and even Buddhism), nowhere in Islamic culture (or in other cultures that survive today) is there latent the idealization, and perhaps idolization, of violence that exists in Western Culture.” yet your “sacred” text condones torture???????

    “Of these, Muslims are responsible for less than 10 million deaths.” 10 million deaths from the religion of peace. lol.

  19. Once more a muslim flees to the past, the present is just too pathetic to face.

  20. Maybe it’s because of our greater experience of war that we can see the thing forming up, and muslims are clueless.

    Maybe their delusions blind them or they are so inured to violence by their own societies that they don’t care.

  21. More violence happens in one year in America then in any Muslim land anywhere in the world

  22. No, S3, that is untrue. We do not have interior massacres as many muslim countries have.

    We would be very astonished if any group killed half the congregation in a house of worship, or if a group began murdering entire families of another group, or towns attacked each other, bombs exploded at our malls, or people began killing schoolgirls, or if the government passed a law saying members of a certain religion should be killed.

    Those are muslim things.

  23. More violence happens in one year in America then in any Muslim land anywhere in the world

    //s3

    maybe so. but we have a larger population “then in any Muslim land anywhere in the world”. you’re a statistition. you know to not speak in per capita terms is misleading. plus how good do you think somalia’s record keeping is?

    http://violentdeathproject.com/

  24. Very interesting link, mike. I would say your safety in US depends on your neighborhood. Also the imposition of sameness, as in Japan, which cannot tolerate immigrants, raises safety.

    US has personal crime, but not ideological warfare. It should not import ideological warfare.

  25. That link says Yemen is as safe as Canada. It has no color on the Congo. I guess it did not cover a lot of African countries. I thought Guatemala had calmed down a bit. They were burning thieves alive, wonder if they are still doing that.

    I question some of the colors on this map. i know there is a lot of drug and spousal murder in US.

  26. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18796212

    fun with stats. all i know is i would rather live where i do than any “muslim land” on earth. altough sometimes it is hot as the desert/hell here. and there are muslims who want to blow up macdintons in south tampa. but luckily i made it through the night drinking at macdintons in st pete last night after our great victory.

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