What I’m Reading – “Who Speaks for Islam?”

One of the great things about Twitter is that you can meet interesting people from all over the world. At one point I was introduced to Raed Samahiji (@raedsamahiji) who is a father and businessman in Bahrain. I had asked Raed if he could suggest one book that would help me better understand his religion.

His choice was “Who Speaks for Islam? – What a Billion Muslims Really Think.” by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed. (My link is to the Kindle version)

This is a great choice. The book is written in a way that would bring value to complete newcomers to Islam (most people in the US for sure) as well as those with a level of existing knowledge.

The relationship between the Muslim world and the West is something that is going to shape our future so I highly recommend this book.


  1. wileysnakeskins says

    You MUST publish my post; it’s nothing more than what is being taught every day on the campuses of our colleges, prisons and in every mosque in every city in this once free country.

    • David says

      Hey Mr. Snakeskins, I’ll do a deal with you. From what you said in your other comment, you’ve not read the book. I was hoping that my posting the link to the book would lead to some interesting conversation about the relationship between Islam and the West.

      Here’s my deal: You read the book and get back to me with your thoughts and I’ll publish them for sure. My personal opinion is that most of the problems in our World are caused by extreme views and while there are certainly Muslim extremists there are plenty of others as well. I’m not going to publish your post now because it is a series of quotes from the Qur’an with no context. Give me some context and you are on.

      I plan to unearth some more interesting books on the subject as well, so I’ll be able to share some additional reading material with you soon.

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