Ghobash, Omar Saif. Letters to a Young Muslim. Picador. Jan. 2017.272p. ISBN 9781250119841. $22; ebk. ISBN 9781250119834. REL
How does a father pass on to his two sons the essential elements of moderate Islam? Ghobash (ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia) does so through a number of letters addressing particular subjects relating to the faith. The author is concerned that his sons understand that genuine Islam is a religion of peace and openness; one that engages with people from different political, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He stresses that radical Islam, with its hatred of the West and its embrace of violence, does not represent the true character of Islamic teachings and practice. To readers who are outside observers of these messages delivered through letters, Ghobash provides a perspective on the religion that has not received much attention in American media in the last couple of decades. He also gives a vision of a possible future where moderate Islam is dominant and is a positive force in the world. VERDICT A useful work for anyone who has an interest in Islam as well as college students writing on the religion in general or its social and political elements.--John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ. Lib.