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The Unknown Face of Islam

Circassians in Israel

Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Gil Sedan


Kfar Kama, a small village near the biblical Mt. Tabor in the lower Galilee region of Israel, attracts no special attention at first sight. However, a closer look reveals a unique community of people whose origins are in the mountains of Caucasia—proud Israelis who are also proud Muslims. Kfar Kama tells a different story about Islam.

Circassian Muslims in Israel are a beacon of hope at this point in history, when radical Islamists have launched bitter—and sometimes bloody—campaigns against whoever thinks differently. The message of Circassian Muslims is loud and clear: Islam can get along with other religions just fi ne. It is only a matter of theological interpretations—and goodwill.



162 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Illustrations: 38 photographs

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Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is well known for her pioneering work in the field of media psychology, specifically sex. However, her doctorate from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, is in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family, and she has created several books (published by Lantern Books) and documentary films on the family (which have aired on PBS stations throughout the country). The documentary on which the book is based. See all books by Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Gil Sedan has worked for the past thirty years as the Arab Affairs correspondent of Israel Television Channel One and the Jewish telegraphic Agency Jerusalem bureau. He has filmed numerous documentaries on the Arab minority in Israel, most recently on the Arab town of Umm al-Fahem, controlled by the Islamic Movement. Sedan was editor and host of the Arabesque Middle East television magazine, the only bilingual (Hebrew–Arabic) regional program. Sedan majored in Middle East History at Tel-Aviv University, and earned an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri. He guest lectured on Middle East history at the University of Florida (2000) and presently teaches television reporting at two colleges in northern Israel. See all books by Gil Sedan


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