The Many Faces of American Muslims with Paul Barrett, Reporter at BusinessWeek and former editor at The Wall Street Journal
In the wake of 9/11, Muslims in America are often caught in a religious subculture torn between moderation and extremism. Not only are they confronted with the task of reconciling faith with a permissive society, but they also face challenges to overcome stereotyping. The six million Muslims in the United States see themselves as anything but monolithic with significant differences in background and ideology. In American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, Paul Barrett interacts with Muslims in their homes, mosques, and private gatherings to introduce a population of striking variety. As thousands of American Muslims have been investigated and interrogated since 9/11—and as Islam has come under heavy attack worldwide—a better understanding of this segment of the population is essential- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Paul M. Barrett
Paul Barrett is the director of the investigative reporting team at Business Week. He is the author of The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America.
Jane Wales is vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Previously, Wales was a special assistant to President Clinton, senior director of the National Security Council, and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She also chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Wales is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Paul Barrett, BusinessWeek reporter and author of American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, states that the votes of Muslims in America as a bloc are up for grabs in this presidential election. In the past Muslims have not had any political allegiance to one party, strongly favoring different parties in different elections.
Paul Barrett, BusinessWeek reporter and author of American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, recounts the practice of Islam among African-Americans from their days within the confines of slavery to modern day.