What Makes Me A... ? - Muslim (What Makes Me A... ?)

by Catherine M. Petrini | Religion & Spirituality |
ISBN: 0737722657 Global Overview for this book
Registered by authorauthor of Alexandria, Virginia USA on 4/26/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by authorauthor from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, April 26, 2008
Full disclosure: I wrote this one! So instead of reviewing it, I'll just tell you what it's about. This book, part of a series on understanding world religions, looks at the basic tenets of the Muslim faith. It's aimed at an elementary-school audience, but would provide a good overview for adults who just want the basics of what Islam is all about. In it, I begin by telling the story of Muhammad and then go on to describe what Muslims believe and how they practice their faith. The book goes on to describe some of the major Muslim holidays and the challenges faced by modern Muslims.

Unfortunately, non-Muslims in America today tend to have an uninformed and negative view of Islam. But there is a lot to admire about the faith. Researching this one gave me a great respect for the wisdom and compassion of Muhammad, and for the faith, discipline, and perseverance it takes to be a practicing Muslim in a non-Muslim country. Writing this was an educational experience for me; I hope you learn as much from reading it!


Released 12 yrs ago (4/27/2008 UTC) at Day of the Book (street festival) on Howard Avenue in Kensington, Maryland USA

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Journal Entry 3 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Sunday, April 27, 2008
I just had to bring this one home. I remember you talking about this one at Panera one of the times that we were at a meeting and I have been wanting to read it ever since. For someone who wouldn't call herself religious, I am fascinated by the study of religion and the hows and whys of other people's beliefs.

This is the only book that I chose to bring home from the festival. Really I brought home a select few of the leftovers but this is the only one that I conciously said "I want that one!"

I think this would make a good BookRay or themed release so if no one else in the BC in DC group wants to read it when I am done then I will be passing it along.

Journal Entry 4 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, November 18, 2008
LOCAL BOOKRING!!!


This book is part of a local bookring. That just means that I am offering it up to the BookCrossers that are members of BC in DC that I see at local meetings. There is no specific order to this bookring just bring it to the next meeting that you attend and pass it to someone that is interested in it that hasn't had it yet. The following people have expressed interest in this book:

1. melydia
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After each of these people have finished reading it please give it to crrcookie so that it can continue its travels as a mailed bookring (bookray).



Journal Entry 5 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I can't believe that it has taken me this long to get to this book! I just got finished reading it and I think that it is wonderful! Of course, I expected no less from Catherine Petrini a local author and friend.

I enjoyed this book because it gives an informed look at a religion that I don't know much about. This book is written for children and the language is well explained and the whole book is well organized.

I can respect people of any religion as long as they are kind to one another. I think that it is important for everyone to understand the beliefs and customs of religions other than their own so that we can all find a common ground and get along.

I look forward to future journal entries on this fabulous book.

Journal Entry 6 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, December 13, 2008
Picked this up at today's BC in DC meet. I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 7 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Though aimed at elementary school children, this overview of the Muslim religion proved to be a pretty good primer for me as well. I wasn't familiar with most of the holidays or the sheer diversity of practices in the global Muslim community. It's always fascinating to see the vast differences in interpretation of the same book. Definitely recommended for explaining the basics of Islam to a small child (or an uninformed adult, like myself).

Thanks for sharing this one. KateKintail is up next.

Journal Entry 8 by wingmelydiawing at Washington, District of Columbia USA on Thursday, April 16, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (4/18/2009 UTC) at Washington, District of Columbia USA

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Giving to KateKintail at the BC in DC Birthday Bash in Washington, DC.

Journal Entry 9 by KateKintail from Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, April 19, 2009
I picked this up from melydia yesterday at BC in DC's BookCrossing Birthday Bash. I look forward to reading another of authorauthor's books.

Journal Entry 10 by KateKintail at Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016
So sorry I've had this book on Mt. TBR for so long! I just had a moment to sit down and read it. I really enjoyed the reading experience.

I knew a little bit about the Islamic faith going into this book, as I've had friends and coworkers who are Muslim. But this spelled everything out so clearly that it was easy to grasp some of the elements I was fuzzier about. I love the concentration on what makes the faith unique as well as how it's historically and culturally rooted in the same place as Christianity and Judaism, the belief in a single God. It covers the birth of the religion, its teachings, its five pillars, its holidays, and the way it is observed in modern day. It also doesn't shy away from some of the possibly more controversial subjects such as dress code and the link to violence in modern times. But even those subjects are explained in ways children (or adults, for that matter) can understand.

Journal Entry 11 by KateKintail at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (8/14/2016 UTC) at Silver Spring, Maryland USA

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Taking this to a BCinDC meetup.

Journal Entry 12 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016
Since the author is a friend of mine, I have been wanting to read this book. I have enjoyed the others of hers that I have read. KateKintail brought this to meet-up and handed it to me. Looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 13 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Thursday, August 18, 2016
I was most interested in reading this book because it was written by a friend of mine. A mutual friend passed this copy along to me and I will pass it to another mutual friend.

A solid book of factual information. I knew most of the information, but not all of it, and my knowledge was cobbled together from Muslim friends, several books, and news stories. Had I had this book on hand it would have saved me quite a bit of time. I did learn some new information -- like how the distinction between Shia and Sunni works on a practical basis (and it helped me understand the concept of fatwa, although that wasn't addressed in this book for children). I also learned about Mohammed's journey to heaven and his bargaining with God as coached by Moses, to get the prayer requirement changed from 50 times per day to only 5 times per day, but with the same effect as if it were 50.

Journal Entry 14 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA on Friday, October 21, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (10/22/2016 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA

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This book is a local bookring since it was written by one of our own. I will be taking it with me to meet-up to pass along to someone who hasn't read it.

Any future reader or recipient of this book is encouraged to leave a journal entry here on the BookCrossing site to let prior readers know the fate of the book. You can make an anonymous entry without joining the BookCrossing movement, but if you are interested in joining, it is a free and spam-free community where your contact information is not shared with others. Best of all, members receive private messages via e-mail from books like this one when those books are journaled, allowing for long-term relationships between books and readers.

Journal Entry 15 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 22, 2016
I'll be delighted to participate in this bookring! I am interested in reading about Islam because of having lived in the middle east (Israel) many years ago. The more we know about other religions, the more understanding and cooperative we can be with people of faiths different from our own.

Journal Entry 16 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 29, 2016
This is a very nice introductory book for school age children to the religion of Islam. I like that it highlights what most non-Muslim children will encounter about Muslims in their day-to-day life. It is encouraging to read as well as have reinforced that Islam is a peaceful religion. The pictures are a lovely complement to the text. I also like that both a glossary and bibliography are located at the back of the book. This is helpful for understanding and further reading.

Also worth mentioning is that I really liked the bibliography of the author on the back of the book. Even though she is a Bookcrossing friend of mine, in that paragraphy I even learned some new details about her! :)

Journal Entry 17 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Westminster, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 29, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (11/5/2016 UTC) at Westminster, Maryland USA

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This book will continue to circulate among members of BCinDC.

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This book is being released at the Birthday Memorial Meet-up of BCinDC at Birdie's where our late friend and fellow BookCrosser maintained an OBCZ (Official BookCrossing Zone).

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Journal Entry 18 by LastCavalier at Springfield, Virginia USA on Saturday, November 05, 2016
Enjoyed reading this at the BookCrosser meeting :)

Great writing Cathy!

Journal Entry 19 by LastCavalier at Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA on Saturday, November 05, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (11/5/2016 UTC) at Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA

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Journal Entry 20 by wingSqnutZipswing at Westminster, Maryland USA on Saturday, November 05, 2016

I picked this book from the table at the Nov. BCinDC meet-up. This book is part of a bookring in the local BCinDC group. The book is written by fellow BC'er and author Catherine Petrini.

Journal Entry 21 by wingSqnutZipswing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 15, 2017
This book is currently part of a bookring/ray in the local BCinDC group. The book is written by fellow BC'er and author Catherine Petrini.

This is a very well written and researched book. The book is billed for children, however I think anyone of any age will find this book interesting and informative.

Journal Entry 22 by wingSqnutZipswing at Arlington, Virginia USA on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (7/15/2017 UTC) at Arlington, Virginia USA

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This book is currently part of a bookring/ray in the local BCinDC group. The book is written by fellow BC'er and author Catherine Petrini.

This is a very well written and researched book. The book is billed for children, however I think anyone of any age will find this book interesting and informative.


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Journal Entry 23 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, July 16, 2017
This was handed to me when I arrived at today's BC-in-DC meeting.

Journal Entry 24 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Written for an elementary school audience, this book provides a general overview of Islam, its beliefs, practices, and traditions. It provides a gentle counterpoint to the all too widely held views of Islam as a violent religion waging a war against the rest of the world. It helps show that Muslims are a large and diverse group, and that the fundamental tenants of their faith are not radically different from those purported to be believed by the majority of those in our larger society. Hopefully, this little book can help youngsters understand and respect their Muslim peers, allowing them to grow into more compassionate adults.

I'm looking at who has already journaled this book, and it looks as if it is nearing the end of it's travels within our local group. I will make it available at our next gathering, but I don't know if anyone who hasn't already had this will be there. It may be time to think about this book's future beyond BC-in-DC.

Journal Entry 25 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (8/19/2017 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA

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This will be available at today's BC-in-DC get together for anyone else that hasn't had a chance to read it yet.

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