In the process his adventures, Knight kinds out his personal dating to Islam as he trips from punk provocateur to a well-known voice locally, and watches first-hand the cave in of a liberal Islamic dream. The book’s wide solid of characters contains anarchist Sufi heretics, vegan kungfu punks, tattoo-sleeved converts in hard-core bands, religious drug buyers, Islamic feminists, slick media marketers, sages of the road, the grandsons of Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, and a bunch known as Muslims for Bush.
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