Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under

Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under


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Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under is a memoir that chronicles the life of professional journalist Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman as it gives the gripping account on why he walked away from his high-profile journalism career in the United States to migrate to Sydney, Australia. Wrapped in a riveting love story, Abdur-Rahman's memoir also serves as a must-read social commentary about race and religion.

The Sunday Telegraph, Australia's most popular newspaper by readership, has published an article highlighting the key points in Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman's hard-hitting book.

Drawing upon his life experience and writing from his perspective as an African-American Muslim, Abdur-Rahman uses his bulldog journalism style, backed with compelling evidence, to explain why the Commonwealth of Australia is a culturally challenged nation that offers a lower quality of life and lesser opportunities for advancement than the United States of America.

The narrative inevitably touches upon the religion of Islam and the global fight against the Islamic State international terrorist group. At its core, Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under is an unprecedented story about faith, love, adversity, and romance as it explores how the author's interracial marriage took him on a 10,000-mile journey from Philadelphia to Sydney to help care for his sick father-in-law.

Originally published as an ebook for Kindle devices and apps, this version of Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under features additional content, including a new chapter that provides on-the-ground insights into the Aussie city of Melbourne and the island state of Tasmania.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692469644
Publisher: Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman's Publishing House
Publication date: 06/20/2015
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, author of Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under, is an American-born Muslim of African descent and professional journalist who has reported on issues ranging from corrupt politicians to large-scale police operations. He has most recently worked as a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer before resigning in March 2014 to migrate to Sydney, Australia, to help care for his intellectually disabled father-in-law. Sulaiman, an honors graduate of Philadelphia-based Temple University, has diversified his journalism career by writing religious columns for his hometown Pennsylvania newspaper, The Bucks County Courier Times. He can be reached on Facebook at facebook.com/sabdurrundersiege.

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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under by Sulaiman Abdul-Rahman unravels with his first trip to Australia to ask his fiancée Tara’s parents their blessing for the couple's marriage. The trip immediately turns sour when Australian authorities at the airport greet him with little respect. Nonetheless, he returns to marry her. Leaving behind a successful life in journalism in the United States, his life grows in the new country. What follows is a fascinatingly intriguing view of Australia from an outsider’s perspective, rife with a poignant perspective on change and struggle from simply being who he is.   A compelling read, this book captures in vivid detail a migrant’s life. Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under is a memoir that touches on starting life anew in a different country, religion, race, and love, as well as the vast differences in culture and government between the US, Rahman-Abdul’s home country, and Australia. With a credible background in journalism in the US, Abdul-Rahman writes insightful observations and a gripping account of his experiences being a Muslim African-American amidst the post 9-11 era. He weaves his journalistic writing well in an autobiographical novel, rendering his truths clearly. What readers may also appreciate from this book is that he stresses Muslim opposition to extremism, shedding light on the unappreciated majority of the Muslim population who uphold their beliefs steadfastly and condemn extremism of any form. It also brings to light the situation of a misunderstood community, with quotes from the Qur’an that explain how the jihad from the extremist community might be unjustified according to Islamic tenets. Undoubtedly, Under Siege is one enlightening book to explore, worth the time readers will spend on every page.