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Enthnographer John O'Brien writes a compelling portrait of Muslim American teenage boys.

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[Book Review] Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys. | Reviewed by Neda Maghbouleh
O'Brien's argument is that Muslim American teenagers must be understood, first and foremost, as teenagers.
The University of Chicago Press Journals | March, 2019

[Book Review] Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys by John O’Brien | Reviewed by Hale Inanoglu
In a beautifully written prose, Keeping It Halal vividly and analytically illustrates the everyday lives of Muslim American teenagers. In this regard, it is a most welcome contribution to the growing field of American Muslim studies.
The Maydan | March 7, 2019

What We're Reading: August, Part 2
Journal of the History of Ideas Blog | August 25, 2018

Interfaith Leader Turns Religion Degree Into Activism
UF Religion talks with Matt Hartley about his training in religious studies and how it is helping him in his new vocation at UNF.
University of Florida Department of Religion Blog | August 16, 2018

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Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys, in recommended books from the Austin Public Library
Austin Public Library | March, 2018

Will Millennials Return to Religion?
New books by pastors, parents, and experts address the challenge.
Publishers Weekly | February 28, 2018

Keeping it Halal
Guest speaker John O'Brien
PRX | January 11, 2018

Book Review: Growing up Muslim in America
Author John O’Brien spent four years following a group of rap music-loving
American Muslims to find out how they manage to lead a balanced life
Arab News | January 5, 2018

Author John O'Brien talks #KeepingItHalal on #ConversationsLIVE
Guest speaker John O'Brien
iHeartRADIO, Cyrus Webb's tracks | December 8, 2017

Video: Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys
Guest speaker John O'Brien
Rising Up With Sonali | November 15, 2017

Episode 53: John O’Brien / Keeping it Halal
A rousing discussion on the background, methodology, and results documented in his book Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys. 
Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience | August 24, 2017

Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys
An exploration of the tensions, worldviews, and in-between existence of the Legendz, a group of young Muslim men growing up in an unnamed U.S. city. 
Publishers Weekly | July 10, 2017

Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys
Comprehensive fieldwork and engaging candor elevate John O’Brien’s Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys to the upper echelon of cultural study.
Foreword Reviews | September 5, 2017

Book Display — September 2017
Book reviews for September 2017. 
Maydan | September 1, 2017

Books We Love, Part 2 (Roberto Sirvent)
Scholars working at the intersection of religion and politics share five books that inspire them. 
Political Theology | August 9, 2017