Book review: Letters To A Young Muslim

Although its origins date back over 1,500 years, Islam is among the fastest growing religions in the world.

Omar Saif Ghobash

Picador, €19.65;

ebook, €11.00

Unfortunately, given the current climate, it is also one of the most misunderstood and vilified.

For a young Muslim growing up in the 21st century therefore, the question of how to be faithful to Islam and its inherent values, yet navigate the many challenges posed in the modern world, specifically in the face of extremist ideology, differing beliefs and Islamophobia, is a difficult one.

So it is that Omar Saif Ghobash sets out in this book to encourage dialogue and examination of faith. 

Although as the title suggests, there is a personal motivation, the issues discussed are relevant to all, Muslims and non-Muslims, and reflect on the need for new ways of thinking about the world that encompass tolerance, diversity and responsibility. 

Ghobash’s is a brave and enlightened voice that goes a long way to countering much of the negative discourse surrounding Islam.


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