Out Now: “American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC”

Out Now: “American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC”

For fans of true crime and politics alike, “American Caliph“ is the nonfiction account of a 39-hour hostage situation across three buildings in Washington, D.C. 

The attacks, which came to be known as the Hanafi Siege, took place in 1977.

Declassified FBI files and other historical documents paint the picture of the epic standoff as well as religious feuds involving the Nation of Islam, Israel and the Middle East, a movie backed by Muammar Gadhafi and funding from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Author Shahan Mufti, who is Muslim himself, is a former Christian Science Monitorreporter and the Journalism Department Chair at the University of Richmond. 

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