Book Review: Talk To Me: Changing the Narrative on Race, Religion, & Education


O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognize one another. Indeed, the most honourable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you. Surely, Allah is All-knowing, All-Aware. (Al Quran 49:14)


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Book by Qasim Rashid

Talk To Me: Changing the Narrative on Race, Religion, & Education is a non-fiction memoir on how the power of dialogue can overcome racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and violence. It is the real life story of how ordinary Americans are rising above the forces that seek to drive us apart, and instead finding paths to peace and understanding. Talk To Me gives these powerful stories of struggle from race and faith minorities the platform they deserve, and demonstrates that our differences are not a source of discord and division—they’re a source of strength and recognition. Step out of your comfort zone and take the time to Talk To Me.

Editorial Reviews


“Contrary to widespread misguided opinion, the Qur an holds an abiding belief in peacemaking as a moral value and encourages believers to be peacemakers. With his new book Talk To Me, a collection of stories about faith, race and diversity, Qasim Rashid proves once again that he is an exemplary Muslim who serves not only as peacemaker and reformer, he also provides a rock solid bridge for compelling interfaith dialogue. According to both the Sunnah and the hadith, the sayings of the Prophet, as a person who helps bring peace, Qasim Rashid will be rewarded with a share in the world to come…and I’m all for it.” Lexi Alexander, Academy Award © Nominated Filmmaker

“Qasim Rashid’s latest book, Talk to Me, is both timely and timeless, chronicling deep conversations of race and religion in America. Qasim seamlessly quotes everyone from George Bernard Shaw to The Simpsons to make his essential and provocative points. In short, Talk To Me is a must read.” Adnan Virk, ESPN Anchor

“Qasim is a gifted writer who beautifully captures many of the struggles people of color in America face. Expect to get angry, inspired, and definitely laugh. Funny, smart, and sincere, if issues of race and justice matter to you, Talk To Me is worth your time.” Lamorne Morris, Actor

About the Author

Qasim Rashid, Esq. is an internationally recognized voice on human rights and religious freedom and a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s School of Islamic Studies. CNN calls him, …an effective source on a wide range of religious issues and The Huffington Post adds, Qasim offers insightful commentary on issues Muslims in America face. Rashid s work regularly appears in USA Today, TIME, Salon, The Atlantic, CNN, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Richmond Times Dispatch, multiple peer-reviewed law journals, among several other national and international outlets. He interviews regularly on Huff Post Live, NBC, CBS, NPR, BBC World, New York Times, Richmond Times-Dispatch, among numerous media outlets. He also frequently lectures at houses of worship and universities nationally and internationally including Princeton, Berkeley, Barry, Howard Law, and Richmond Law. Rashid received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law. He is a lawyer by profession.

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