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Struggling to Surrender

Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam

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Struggling to Surrender
Code: RM04
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By: Jeffrey Lang
Pages: 232
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6x9" (15x23 cm)
SKU/ISBN: 9780915957262
Edition: 7th-2008
Publisher: Amana Publications
Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs
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Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam is a very personal account of one man's search for God and meaning in the midst of a culture that places no value on such a quest.

Dr. Lang was brought up as a Catholic and educated in a Catholic school. However, one day he found that his religious beliefs could no longer provide satisfactory answers to his questions.

And so his quest began: reason, agnosticism, atheism, and, finally "coincidence" - a chance encounter with a Muslim student in one of his classes that eventually led to his conversion. As he soon found out, however, this was not the end of the matter, for now he had to fit in with his new community, its beliefs and tray, and the Islamic worldview and lifestyle.

For American Muslims, most of whom come from a Judeo-Christian background and a mental framework that is almost totally alien to that of a traditional Muslim, this is no easy feat. How does one deal with demands for the blind acceptance of hadiths and accept interpretations, the gulf between what the Qur'an says and the reality of Muslim life, the "status" of women, the presence of religion in every sphere of one's life, cultural conflicts, and many other issues? Ever since his conversion, Dr. Lang has struggled to answer these questions for himself. At the request of numerous Muslim acquaintances, he decided to write about his experiences so that other American and western-educated Muslims could benefit from his insights. Other books by the author include Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam, and Losing My Religion: A Call for Help.

Dr. Jeffrey Lang is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas. He converted to Islam in the early 1980s.

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