A candid, patriotic pushback against Muslim stereotyping by a deeply anti-Islamist Navy veteran and physician in Arizona.
Born in 1967 to Syrian refugees in Ohio, raised in Wisconsin, a committed conservative and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Jasser has been moved to speak out by what he believes is the Muslim community’s inadequate stand against Islamist terrorism and political tribalism. He believes in the separation of mosque and state and is often horrified to hear Muslim Americans assert the supremacy of the Qur’an over the principles of the U.S. Constitution. He details his background and family, including his unease serving in the Navy, which was dominated by a hard-drinking, womanizing culture while he was abstemious and chaste, according to his religion; and his early professional tensions with his physician father, who was overbearing, proud and disputatious. Married in a traditional fashion to another high-achieving young Syrian American, Jasser settled down to start a family and private practice in Phoenix as a primary care physician, chosen as part of his dedication to the “holistic appreciation of the patient” urged by his Islamic faith. The attacks of 9/11 shattered his complacency, and Jasser looks hard at the Arab responses, dictated by what he sees as lingering effects of tribalism. He weighs the eerie parallels between himself and the Army psychiatrist who went on a murderous shooting spree at Fort Hood, a tragedy he blames on Islamist ideology. Branded an “Uncle Tom Muslim,” Jasser spoke to the House Committee on Homeland Security against what he calls “PC blindness” to the threat. His paranoia aside, the author draws from his father’s own translations of the Qur’an for an intelligent reassessment of its message along the lines of Jeffersonian democracy.
A strident call to energize Muslim Americans to promote notions of pluralism, toleration and equal rights for women.