Jihad Watch reader Paul kindly pointed out that marvelous passage from this dhimmi multiculturalist sob story: “Missing character in kids’ literature: Muslims,” by Norman Draper in the Star Tribune, December 28 (thanks to Paul):
As the Muslim student population grows in Minnesota, some educators detect a glaring gap: a dearth of books the students can relate to and from which others can learn.
“There wasn’t a whole lot in our library that provided a sense of ‘this is what’s normal,'” said Julie Scullen, a reading intervention specialist at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids, where she took stock of books about Muslims growing up in America.
When colleague Beth Braun, a Northdale media specialist, launched a full-blown national search, she didn’t have much luck, either.
“The books are more about what it’s like to live in another country and be a Muslim, or what it’s like to be from a war-torn nation, not what it’s like to be a teenager in America and be a Muslim,” Braun said. “Those books are few and far between.” […]
Leah Larson, media specialist at Richfield Middle School, sees an appetite for such books. She pointed to a novel in her media center, “Does My Head Look Big in This?”, about an 11th-grade Muslim girl growing up in Australia who decides to wear the hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, full time.
“I just can’t keep it on the shelf,” Larson said of the book.
“We have tons of books about Islam. However, the fiction is harder to find….”
Surely you jest, Ms. Larson! The fiction about Islam is easy to find! For your reference, here are some of the most wildly entertaining fictional titles about Islam:
Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed
The Islamic Threat : Myth or Reality? by John L. Esposito
Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet by Karen Armstrong
Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization (Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War) by Reza Aslan