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Sandcastles and Snowmen by Sahar El-Nadi
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Sandcastles and Snowmen

by Sahar El-Nadi

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This is an excellent book. The author shares some interesting personal information about herself living in Egypt and participating in the recent revolution. She also shares some of her experiences about western cultures as diverse as Sweden, Japan and America. She's never quite becomes curtural-centric, but tries to find the good parts of each culture she visits. She says that the tenets of Islam are practiced in other parts of the world by non-Muslims sometimes much better than in Muslim dominated cultures.

The most interesting part of the book though is about Muslim Values both current and historical. For instance she talks about Manners and Ethics, Reward and Punishment, Gender Roles etc....very interesting and not at all like the average/normal perception by non-Muslims.

It gave me a fresh, informed, better understanding of Islam. I hope her vision of Islam becomes the Islam of all Muslims.

I think this book is an excellent introduction for non-Muslims and Muslims alike. ( )
  Chip-dwg | Oct 23, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0985751223, Paperback)

Sahar El-Nadi's new book demystifies Islam and Muslims. From a female leader's worldwide perspective, Sandcastles and Snowmen explores faith through the story of a woman on a personal journey to search for spirituality, leading her to reconnect with Islam in a new, global context in the turbulent post 9/11 world.

While taking the reader on a beautiful journey to discover the self and the world, Sahar El-Nadi tells her personal story of life, faith, and triumph. A brave woman and an intellectual thinker, Sahar reveals in eloquent English the Islamic perspective of Reward and Punishment, Manners and Ethics, Human Rights and more.

This book is for the global reader, to inform and inspire and to help break barriers and encourage communication across divides of race and creed. It is also a good tool for addressing integration issues related to Muslim immigrants and asylum seekers. But most of all, this book is meant to show how women can help make this a better world, by reaching out and speaking up, to challenge ignorance and hate and to engage the world in a peaceful dialogue based on facts, mutual respect and friendship.

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