Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim



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  1. 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 questioning 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 i In Light without Fire The Making of America s First Muslim College by Scott Korb, we get a very compassionate, empathetic, alternating questioning 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 perspective.Readers 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 isof 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 thatcould be said Korb makes it seem like an interesting story and place, so you want to hearabout it It would have been nice to get that.The 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 reader.It s an imperfect book I wouldn t reread it, but it wasn t a waste of time, either It was good for what it was I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  2. 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.


  3. 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 others.There 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 Islam Muslims with honesty and sensitivity In Light without Fire, the author s ad 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 others.There 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 Islam Muslims 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 Mosque 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 recited.His 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 Collegeclearly 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 muchby the divine The whole world is the classroom She saw in it signs and proofs of Allah Light without Fire, p.110 In the spirit of this advice to be a notetaker given by Shaykh Yahya Rhodus , below are a few thoughts from my read.The rest of the review can be found on my blog here


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Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College The story of America s first Muslim institution of higher education, Zaytuna College In the fall of , 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 with the burning of Korans At the same time, fifteen devout Muslims quietly 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 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