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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Light without Fire
  • Scott Korb
  • English
  • 20 May 2014
  • 9780807001639

10 thoughts on “Light without Fire

  1. Shagufta Shagufta says:

    Some books call out to you to share them with others Recently I read Scott Korb’s book Light Without Fire about the first year at Zaytuna College America’s first Muslim liberal arts college and while reading it and since completing it I can’t stop talking about it with othersThere are so many things to appreciate and admire about this book To begin it is rare to encounter an author who is able to talk about IslamMuslims with honesty and sensitivity In Light without Fire the author’s admiration warmth and connection with the people he meets shines from every page and you get the sense that he is not a journalist simply watching Zaytuna from the sidelines but someone who participates in the life of the community When he visits the Lighthouse Mosue in Oakland for Friday prayers for instance he lines up shoulder to shoulder with others in prayer When he attends the mawlids a celebration of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him at Zaytuna or in the broader community over time he becomes familiar with the poetry and sacred music that is recitedHis curiosity and engagement makes the book a very readable thoughtful interesting important read and one that rewards its reader generously for their time and attention It makes the book a light a book of beautiful writing subtle humour and humanity that helps the reader see and understand Zaytuna College clearly“Always carry a little notebook around with you Whatever inspires you or rings true for you was meant for you So make sure you write it down” Faced with what Faatimah called “the obvious way” that the Zaytuna classroom – or really any classroom – was not like the rest of the world and vice versa every moment deserved the attention of a notetaker Though the Zaytuna classroom might be structured with the books and schedules and tests that are the trappings of any classroom what’s “out here” is no less important structured as it is she said “so much by the divine” The whole world is the classroom She saw in it signs and proofs of Allah” Light without Fire p110In the spirit of this advice to be a notetaker given by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus below are a few thoughts from my readThe rest of the review can be found on my blog here


  2. Ashley Ashley says:

    In Light without Fire The Making of America's First Muslim College by Scott Korb we get a very compassionate empathetic alternating uestioning vs cheerleading take on the development of Zaytuna College in the San Francisco Bay Area Korb receives inside access from the college's leadership to follow them and students around during the college's development During this time Korb clearly develops at attachment to both people and place Yet he still remains detached enough to not lose all independent perspectiveReaders should note that this book is not a formal history If you are looking for anything cited or scholarly this isn't it; you'll have to research and write that yourself This is of a creative non fiction approach like a NYT Magazine feature on steroids I have no objection to that approach but it's something to know going in Light without Fire is short in pages but can feel a bit long at times due to the author's tendency to be a little to pleased with his own writing and ideas Even though the college in very young it feels like a lot of the material is filler and that could be said Korb makes it seem like an interesting story and place so you want to hear about it It would have been nice to get thatThe most interesting aspect of the book has nothing to do with the development of the college and everything to do with the voices of young Muslim Americans as they explain what their lives are like in today's America That is where Korb truly captivates the readerIt's an imperfect book I wouldn't reread it but it wasn't a waste of time either It was good for what it wasI received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  3. Khairi Khairi says:

    it's a good read if you want to be introduced to what the muslim american experience is like and how muslim american education could look like but this book leaves much to be desired when it comes to the depth of its reflections


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Light without Fire The story of America’s first Muslim institution of higher education Zaytuna College   In the fall of 2010 anti Muslim furor in the United States reached a breaking point capping a decade in which such sentiment had surged Loud angry crowds gathered near New York’s Ground Zero to protest plans to build an Islamic cultural center while a small time Florida minister appeared on national television almost nightly promising to celebrate the anniversary of 911 with the burning of Korans At the same time fifteen devout Muslims uietly gathered in a basement in Berkeley California to execute a plan that had been coming together for over a decade to found Zaytuna College “Where Islam Meets America” It would be the nation’s first four year Muslim liberal arts college its mission to establish a thoroughly American academically rigorous and traditional indigenous Islam   In Light without Fire Scott Korb tells the story of the school’s founders Sheikh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir arguably the two most influential leaders in American Islam “rock stars” who tellingly are little known outside their community Korb also introduces us to Zaytuna’s students young American Muslims of all stripes who admire—indeed love—their teachers in ways college students typically don’t and whose stories told for the first time signal the future of Islam in this country   From a heady theology classroom to a vibrant storefront mosue from the run down streets Oakland to grand ballrooms echoing with America’s most powerful Muslim voices Korb follows Zaytuna’s students and teachers as they find their place and their voice He ultimately creates an intimate portrait of the school and provides a new introduction to Islam as it is being lived and re envisioned in America It’s no exaggeration to say that here at Zaytuna are tomorrow’s Muslim leaders