Moving the Mountain (Hardcover)

Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America

By Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Free Press, 9781451656008, 225pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2012



The "Ground Zero Imam" delivers an open and honest clarion call inviting readers to a deeper understanding of the role of moderate Muslims in America and in the world, triggering an entirely new conversation about Islam.

Muslims in America who reject extremist or fundamentalist expressions of Islam at home and abroad feel the urgent need for a voice that can represent them in the escalating irrationality of the current debate about Islam, America, and the West. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf--the so-called Ground Zero Imam--has become that voice.

Drawing from his personal experiences, Imam Feisal now speaks up on behalf of disenfranchised Muslims around the United States who are spiritual, moderate, and patriotic. Born to Egyptian parents in Kuwait, Imam Rauf was educated in England and Malaysia, became a U.S. citizen in 1979, and received a degree in physics from Columbia University. Here, he explores the beliefs, aspirations, and ambitions, both spiritual and political, of American Muslims in a post-9/11 world. For example, the Imam sees the 2011 Arab uprising and the death of Osama bin Laden as turning points for Muslims, strengthening moderate voices that are closer to the true nature of Islam. He argues that orthodox Islam supports equal rights for women and embraces religious tolerance and dialogue, and insists on the relevance of Shariah law for democracy in America and for the revolutions in the Middle East.

Touching on all the major issues that have been subject to misperceptions and misrepresentations--such as the role of women, fundamentalism in America and abroad, the intersection of Islam and democracy, even the "Ground Zero Mosque"--Imam Feisal pre-sents a fresh perspective that American Muslims can identify with and a book that non-Muslims can use as a go-to guide, completely changing the discourse about Islam and America today.

Praise For Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America

“Imam Feisal…is an inspirational and erudite exponent for the Muslim world. This tale of his journey is a clarion call for a progressive and pluralistic Islam as a bedrock of tolerance and understanding Believers and adherents of all faiths must stand in solidarity with this global spiritual leader whose cry for religious freedom and human dignity must be heard.” —Rabbi Marc Schneier (President) and Russell Simmons (Chairman), The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

"In this thoughtful book, Imam Feisal explores the need to create an American Muslim community that fits in with the nation's traditions of pluralism and tolerance… an important contribution to understanding Islam and the struggle against extremism." —Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs and President, the Aspen Institute

“Inspiring, honest, and insightful, Moving the Mountain crosses the bridge from East to West and demonstrates the vital role that Muslims can play in strengthening the voice of religious moderation across the world. Imam Feisal eloquently reminds us that women’s rights, religious harmony, and equality are core values embedded in Islam, and he challenges us to embrace that mandate today.”—Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein of Jordan

“Imam Feisal is an ideal ambassador: an immigrant to America, a defender of its principles, and a believer that people of diverse backgrounds and faiths can thrive within its borders. Here, he has put his gift of storytelling in service of the empathy that all of us -- Muslims and non-Muslims alike -- so desperately need.”—Arianna Huffington

"Feisal Abdul Rauf is a name that one day should come as easily to the lips as do the names of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi. It is my hope that when my fellow Americans read this incredibly moving and enlightening book they will feel the scales of ignorance and fear falling off their eyes. With gentleness and love, [Imam Feisal] seeks to bring us all together in post-9/11 America."  ­—Michael Moore

“Everybody should read this book. It shows us the dangers of our past course and where we should be aiming.” –Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of Islam: A Short History and Muhammad, A Prophet for Our Time 

"An authentic voice, an essential vision, a heartfelt story. Moving the Mountain can - and should -  move America." —James Carroll, bestselling author of Constantine’s Sword and Jerusalem, Jerusalem

“An erudite and insightful look into the future of Islam and America, identifying those values that could bridge differences between Muslims, Christians and Jews. A book about how religion can bring people together, heal wounds, and show a future of hope and coexistence.” —Vali Nasr, bestselling author of The Shia Revival and The Rise of Islamic Capitalism

"Imam Feisal is arguably the most influential Muslim leader in America. His bold vision of a moderate, pluralistic, and distinctly American Islam is something that all Americans should champion." —Reza Aslan, bestselling author of No god but God and Beyond Fundamentalism 

"Moving The Mountain is wise, authentic, and courageous. Every American needs to read this transforming and spiritually insightful book about the profound hope American Islam offers the world." —Rabbi Irwin Kula, President of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

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