War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims

Melody Moezzi, Author . Univ. of Arkansas $18.95 (166p) ISBN 978-1-55728-855-4

Moezzi, an American-raised lawyer of Iranian descent, proposes to tell the stories of young American Muslims, of which she is one. She notes the plight of being a “Child of Fresh off the Boat” (or COFOB), including being mistaken frequently as Hispanic, and feeling caught between solidarity with America over 9/11 but critical of American foreign policy choices although she criticizes the Muslim community for ignorance and severe gender segregation, among other things. Despite its promising subject matter, however, the book has an unimaginative format of one interview per chapter, with no larger framework or unifying theme. Most interview subjects are Moezzi’s own friends, some of whom Moezzi even quotes as praising her. Some readers, particularly Muslims, may be offended by an incident in which the author smokes marijuana with an interview subject, as well as other scenes in which she and her friends present themselves as self-indulgent. Although it is engaging and well written, the book lacks academic rigor and comes across as merely anecdotal. The title is never really explained, and Moezzi’s conclusion—that American Muslims will lead the next Islamic Renaissance—though an appealing thought, is underdeveloped. (Dec. 10)

Reviewed on: 10/15/2007
Release date: 11/01/2007
Hardcover - 150 pages - 978-1-55728-854-7
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