Over the last few years, Moustafa Bayoumi has been an extra in Sex and the City 2 playing a generic Arab, a terrorist suspect (or at least his namesake “Mustafa Bayoumi” was) in a detective novel, the subject of a trumped-up controversy because a book he had written was seen by right-wing media as pushing an “anti-American, pro-Islam” agenda, and was asked by a U.S. citizenship officer to drop his middle name of Mohamed.
"This Muslim American Life serves as an important extension of Bayoumi’s earlier work and secures his position as a major voice."
—Journal of American Culture
"Chagrined about the treatment of Muslim Americans after 9/11 and still puzzling over even more strenuous anti-Muslim demonstrations since the election of President Barack Obama, Bayoumi probes the so-called 'War on Terror culture,' which ascribes a malevolent aspect to all things Muslim...A thoughtful study [and] certainly relevant."
"[Bayoumi's] essays provide an engaging and refreshingly insightful window on the world from the perspective of an English professor of Egyptian origin at Brooklyn College."
—New York Times
“This Muslim American Life, with its explanation of the War on Terror Culture, balances an impressive breadth of subject matter with an equally diverse range of writing styles.”
“Bayoumi’s book does much to contribute to Muslim studies.”
“Moustafa Bayoumi’s This Muslim American Life… combines first-hand experience with scholarly research to deliver a sobering account of the ‘War on Terror culture,’ and its repercussions on the lives of American Muslims.”
—Against the Current
"Muslim Americans form a unique group of recent immigrants in the United States because of the special scrutiny and treatment they have received. Moustafa Bayoumi gives them a voice in This Muslim American Life."
"[A] fascinating collection of pieces--sometimes hilarious, often unsettling, always probing and provocative--about, well, Muslim life in America, past and present."
"Fascinating...the author's narrative places the predicament of Arabs and Muslims in today's America in a broader historical and sociocultural framework.This engrossing book challenges the entrenched...stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims."
“Moustafa Bayoumi is a true public intellectual. In the midst of the post-9/11 culture wars, he offers a sane voice and thoughtful commentary during this ideological firestorm. Compelling, insightful, and at times hilarious, This Muslim American Life paints a rich picture of the cultural politics of being Muslim in the U.S. today.”
—Evelyn Alsultany, author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media
"Moustafa Bayoumi’s calm and precise voice takes you into the world of governmental paranoia and its social costs. What does it mean to be an American Muslim today? Read him. Beautiful writing for an ugly world."
—Vijay Prashad, editor of Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation
“Moustafa Bayoumi is an essential guide to the contradictions and challenges facing the Muslim American community in the age of the so-called War on Terror. He allows us to experience the dislocation and maddening injustice of what it is like to be suddenly stereotyped and held responsible for the actions of distant others, yet never loses a sense of hope and optimism.”
—Juan Cole, author of The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East
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