Thursday, April 26, 2012

Howard Zinn and the Terrorist

tarek mehanna  howard zinn

Inspired by an unlikely source

But Fundamentalist Islam was more than a phase. The transformation happened in 2000, during Tarek’s senior year in high school. And it was sparked by an unlikely source: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of The United States. His anthropology teacher assigned the book. Zinn’s radical take on U.S. history inspired Tarek to learn more about his faith. “Because before that, we were kids, we didn’t think about the world,” says Tamer. “And neither of us had given much thought to our identity as Muslims here in America.” Soon, Tarek grew his beard and began hanging out with a close-knit group of devout Muslim men.
Tamer Mehanna in front of his brother Tarek's bookshelf. (Credit: Michael May)
Tarek lived with his parents in a plush suburban home until he was taken into custody two years ago.

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