Informative and at times controversial, this book examines the rise of Islam in American and clearly shows it will be a force to reckon with for some time. In 1975, Leo Rosten published his Religions of America, an exhaustive compilation of statistical information on every major and minor group of believers in the country. In retrospect, it may seem surprising that the book contained no discussion of Islam. But this was not an oversight; for at the time Muslims in America were a statistically insignificant minority, numbering fewer than one thousand individuals. By contrast, Islam is today the second-largest and fastest growing religion in America, with more than six million adherents. In the first half of the book, the author traces the beginnings of Islam in this country, in particular the rise and influence of the Nation of Islam among African Americans. He emphasizes the impact of the 1965 Hart-Cellar Act, which abolished national-origin quotas and led to successive waves of Muslim immigrants, who entered this country from Palestine, Kuwait, Iraq, Southeast Asia, Africa, Turkey, and other parts of the world. In the second half, Williams considers statistical studies of American Muslims regarding age groups, family size, professional affiliations, annual income, and religious and political commitments. He also addresses a number of disturbing concerns about some aspects of the Muslim presence in America. These include: the connections between many American mosques with Saudi benefactors who promote an ultra-orthodox, anti-Western agenda; the existence of Muslim paramilitary training grounds recruiting ex-convicts; and the ties of even self-described moderate Muslim spokespersons with more politically radical elements.
"A sobering wake-up call in an increasingly dark time, Crescent Moon Rising chronicles a threat that the political and media establishment is determined to ignore and deny. But ignoring and denying it won't make it go away, and Paul Williams's warning will appear more and more prophetic as time goes by."
- Robert Spencer, Author of The Myth of Islamic Tolerance
"Meticulously researched and vitally important for everyone seeking the unbiased truth about the rise of Islam in the United States, this masterfully written book offers indispensable and eye-opening historical insight. If I had to choose just one book on this critically important issue, this is it."
- Douglas J. Hagmann, Investigator, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network,and host of The Hagmann & Hagmann Report
"Crescent Moon Rising is an amazing, chronological account of the history of Islam and its rise in America. While it is intended for the average public, its massive amount of information will serve as documentation for future researchers and historians. Most importantly, it refutes the claims that Islam has always been part of America's story. A must-read to expand your knowledge."
- Susanne M. Reyto, Author of Pursuit of Freedom