The religion that Muslim-American writer Asma Hasan practices, however, promotes equality and open-mindedness. In her new book "Why I Am a Muslim: An American Odyssey," she describes an Islam whose values are essentially those of American society.
Click the "Listen" link to hear a conversation with Muslim-American writer Asma Hasan who looks beyond the blood and hatred to explain why she loves her faith.
Asma Hasan, her new book is "Why I Am a Muslim: An American Odyssey"
Leila Ahmed, professor of religion at the Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of "A Border Passage: From Cairo to America - A Woman's Journey" and "Women and Gender in Islam: The Historical Roots of a Modern Debate."
This program aired on May 21, 2004.