Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America

Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America

Title:Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America
ISBN:9780525577201
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages

A powerful true story about a Muslim doctor's service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming our country's climate of hostility and fear.

In 2013, Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a town of 1,400 in Minnesota, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the reliably blue, working-class county swung for Donald Trump. Virji watched in horror as his children faced anti-Muslim remarks at school and some of his most loyal patients began questioning whether he belonged in the community.

Virji wanted out. But in 2017, just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, a local pastor invited him to speak at her church and address misconceptions about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a well-attended lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state, while giving Virji a new vocation that he never would have expected.

In Love Thy Neighbor, Virji relates this story in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.


    Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America Reviews

  • Scott

    "We can't be scared of each other. We need to join together and build a foundation of love and respect. We don't have to agree on everything, but let's know first. I would hope we could do that. Let's...

  • Jade

    This book packs a huge punch - and is a necessary read. The honesty, humility, outrage, and truths in this book are so refreshing and educational - personal but also the experience of so many people.D...

  • Rachel Len

    Powerful, necessary. ...

  • Jill Dobbe

    An insightful account of a Muslim doctor who moves his family to a small town in Minnesota after becoming disenchanted with the in-and-out type of medicine practiced in his former east coast hospital....

  • Katie

    This book was so amazing. It was extremely moving. It made me so angry at my fellow Americans & fellow Christians who are so bigoted & hardhearted. I find Islam a beautiful religion and am impressed b...

  • Lauren Hagerman Tekelly

    An important work depicting the very real effects of when hate is endorsed in this country. Heartbreaking and motivating....

  • Anneke

    Book Review: Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural AmericaAuthor: Ayaz Virji, M.D. and Alan EisenstockPublisher: Crown Publishing/Convergent BooksPublication Date: June 11, 2...

  • Deb M.

    I would recommend this book to anybody 14 or older as long as they can read with an open heart. The author has done so much to educate Americans about Muslims and what they are going through since Tru...

  • Amanda ?

    This is such a powerful and important book that shares a perspective of a Muslim doctor trying to find home (and acceptance) in America ...

  • Joe

    A timely memoir of what it means to be Muslim in contemporary America. In searching for a place to practice compassionate medicine, Dr. Ayaz Virgi moved his family from the Philadelphia suburbs to wes...