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Groundwood Books

Being Muslim

Written by Haroon Siddiqui

For kids 14 years old | Published March 01, 2008 | ISBN 9780888998873

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Regular price $10.00 CAD

160 pages | 7.1 in × 5.1 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Being Muslim

Groundwork Guides

Haroon Siddiqui

Educator's Guide ↓

Being Muslim is written for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It presents a readable explanation of the most complex and emotion-laden issues of our troubled times. The varying branches of Islam are analyzed and their history outlined — but the focus is on the present.

In speaking about and crossing political, cultural and religious divisions, this book offers a unique perspective, forged in Canada, a country where people from everywhere on earth have found a way to live in peace. Terrorism. Wars. Jihad. Hijab. Polygamy. Muhammad's many wives. Muslim prayer. Female circumcision. Honor killings. Sharia. Stoning. Status of Muslim women. All these topics and more are tackled in this fascinating and informative book for young adult readers.

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." — Globe and Mail

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).


Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

About the Author

Haroon Siddiqui

Haroon Siddiqui is one of Canada's most highly regarded editors and past president of PEN Canada. He lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
An accessible and timely book.
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Religion Books for Youth, 2007
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction, 2007
  • Commended IRA Children's Book Award Notables, 2007
  • Commended CCBC Our Choice, 2007