Muslim Family in a Dilemma: Quest for a Western Identity (Hardcover)

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By Mohammad Akhtar (Editor), John Esposito (Foreword by), Ba-Yunus (Contribution by)
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The conflict between Islam and the West is as disturbing on the outside, as it polarizes the world, as it is on the inside, when it divides families and causes enormous stress to Muslims living in the West. A mutual understanding is the answer to both of these conflicts. This work enhances the West's understanding of Muslim minorities and helps Muslims to understand their own identity problem in Western culture. Ultimately, Professor Akhtar delineates how Muslim families can integrate into Western society in a creative way that will benefit their families and society-at-large. Muslim Family in a Dilemma provides empirical examinations of many problems in the Muslim family in the U.S. and Europe, such as divorce, mental health, and the abuse of women. One chapter gives a special analysis of the maltreatment of Muslim women in Turkish families in Germany. In regard to these issues and women's equality, the Western position is accepted, and Islam is interpreted in several chapters as reconcilable with this outlook. Further consistent with the Western position, is what the writer of the last chapter, a Muslim female, has to state: pleasing your wife sexually is a religious obligation in Islam. That is in regard to sex in marriage. However, sex outside of marriage or free sex is irreconcilable to Islam. In a detailed critique of some of the Western practices and anti-family forces, Professor Akhtar determines the mutually exclusive relationship between unrestricted sex and marital integrity. One can have free sex or long-lasting marriage, but not both. He considers extra-marital sex as a paradox of Western culture, as it derives from an overvaluation of sex and overemphasis of individualism and cuts into relationships.

About the Author

Mohammad Akhtar (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Illinois) is Professor of Psychology at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to examining Muslim issues and solving them within a pluralistic framework in American culture. Inspired by the same theme, he founded and is the current president of the Muslim Council of America. Professor Akhtar is also the founder and was the president of the Islamic Council of Pittsburgh-an umbrella organization of Muslim centers and mosques.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780761836506
ISBN-10: 0761836500
Publisher: University Press of America
Publication Date: March 26th, 2007
Pages: 176
Language: English