One of the joys of being an academic is that you know lots of people who publish books. Sometimes you even get comped a copy. (If getting excited about a free academic book is not a sure sign I'm in the right field, I don't know what is.) I don't normally plug them here because they tend to be quite specific, and so I don't think right for a general audience. However, my friend Eboo Patel, whom I've mentioned before, has a new book out, and I'm going to promote it here for several reasons:
- It's a good book on interfaith issues in practice.
- He's a sociologist, so he sees a lot of things that others miss, but he doesn't write for an academic audience. Fundamentalism is a sociological problem, not a theological one.
- It's one of the best books about growing up Muslim in the US that I've read. It hits many of the problems and promises the current second-generation faces.
- He had me read the manuscript, so I'm invested.
I'm also taking the liberty of pushing other books in which I'm thanked, but which are geared for a more specialized audience.
Another good friend has a book, but in which I get no love
Finally, if all goes according to plan, I'll have about ten articles appearing in the following encyclopedia: