The Global Muslim Community at a Crossroads
Understanding Religious Beliefs, Practices, and Infighting to End the Conflict
by Abdul Basit, Editor
January 2012, 202pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39697-7
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Western countries, especially the United States, are spending billions of dollars to stop the rising tide of terrorism they attribute to Muslim communities, yet they don’t truly comprehend how Muslims perceive, or misperceive, world events. Where can solutions for the formidable issues facing the world Muslim community be found?

Tackling a subject that is as timely as it is complex, this expert work examines the turmoil inside Muslim communities, helping outsiders to understand and insiders to examine ways in which Islam can be reinterpreted for a modern world.

The Global Muslim Community at a Crossroads: Understanding Religious Beliefs, Practices, and Infighting to End the Conflict is an illuminating work. Written by an eminent psychologist who was raised as a Muslim in India and now resides in the United States, it examines the core reasons for the current state of affairs in Muslim communities, explaining the psychological underpinnings of Muslim religion and practices and the reasons they can fuel violence.

Drawing on the editor’s exposure to Eastern and Western cultures and his longstanding interest in the study of comparative world religions, this impartial analysis takes a multidimensional approach to explaining the current plight of Muslim countries. It candidly discusses issues such as the influence of Islamic schools, the negative and positive roles of Ulema (religious scholars), a lack of critical inquiry into religious thought, Sharia, and the status of women in Islam. Finally, there are positive suggestions about a road to recovery, explaining how Muslim communities can address the interlocking problems they face while retaining the positive aspects of their beliefs.


  • Contributions from a team of Muslim scholars from across disciplines that include psychology, psychiatry, and sociology
  • A glossary
  • A extensive bibliography
Abdul Basit, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former assistant professor of psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Basit was director of the Multicultural Mental Health Services at the University of Chicago and was acknowledged by the U.S. government as a "Nationally Recognized Leader in the Field of Mental Health." A former Fulbright scholar, his published works include The Essence of the Quran. Basit was also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health.


"Islam has taken the West by storm. It has grabbed headlines in our newspapers, and is the fastest-growing religious group in many European and North America countries. Unfortunately, many Westerners still have prejudices and misconceptions about Islam, lacking appreciation of even its basic principles. We twist the role of woman in Islam, what is meant by Shariah law, or the great potential of the Madrassas, into distorted perspectives. So Abdul Basit and his colleagues have done us an amazing service. In this single book, they clarify Westerners’ understanding of these and other important concepts in Islam. And they do it with elegance. The authors balance an objective and scholarly approach toward important Muslim ideas with first-person sensitivity, reflecting their own experiences with clearly heartfelt ideas."—Patrick Corrigan, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Author of Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness: Lessons for Advocates and Therapists

“This book is very thoughtful and most provocative. It includes a very nice, concise overview of Muslim history and provides much needed context. Chapter 2 is fascinating. It is the first time I have ever read the 12 commandments of Islam. Dr. Basit has really outdone himself on this book.” —Stanley G. McCracken, PhD, Senior Lecturer, The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
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