Ahmed Kobeisy's volume promises to become the most important book published thus far in this series. It is important because the [American Experiment] in pluralistic democracy has never been in greater danger, and that danger relates directly to the global conflict between religions, cultures, and civilizations. In the necessary search for [homeland security,] we are in danger of giving up the basic values articulated everywhere from the dollar bill to the Statue of Liberty, substituting simplistic stereotypes for the complexity of our culture and our culture's people, and being driven by our own fear and panic to impose forceful means of social change rather than free choice to accommodate both the similarities and differences in our society.
Kobeisy's book approaches this awesome task by emphasizing three different themes. The first theme is a documentation and recognition of complexity and diversity among Muslims and throughout Islam as a belief system. Psychology has been in danger of imposing a simplistic and stereotyped perspective of groups such as Muslims where there is a significant difference in contrast to the white, middle-class, urban male perspective without at the same time recognizing the many overlapping similarities between Islam and the other belief-defined groups in our society. Kobeisy does an excellent job of valuing both distinct differences and strategic similarities, thus connecting Islam to other belief-defined social systems.
The second theme is a factual and empirical documentation of Muslims as a rapidly growing population relative to other belief-defined groups in American society. This resource is especially important because there are