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Answering Islamophobia: Art, not Arms

September 14th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

Whether the recent attacks on US diplomatic outposts in Libya, Egypt and Yemen were provoked solely by an Islamophobic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad isn’t entirely clear, though most media reports seem to suggest it. Claims that at least one of these attacks—most likely the one in Benghazi that left four Americans dead—may have been the result of a more organized terrorist plot have not been confirmed. Whatever the case, however, this incendiary and amateurish film has sparked the media’s interest, as most news outlets continue citing the film as the likely motivation for the riots.

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Fair to Muslims?

March 9th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Akbar Ahmed

Many American Muslims are fearful and angry about the Congressional hearings on Islamic radicalism that will start Thursday, with some arguing that they are a mere provocation meant to incite bigotry. But as a scholar, I view the hearings, to be led by Representative Peter T. King, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, as an opportunity to educate Americans about our community’s diversity and faith.

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Jen’nan Read

Associate Professor of Sociology, Duke University

June 24th, 2010, Academia, Durham, English, Europe, Migration and Integration, Minority Rights, North Africa and Middle East, North America, North America, Religion, USA, Women's Rights


Dr. Read is a Carnegie Scholar studying the policital, social, and cultural integration of Muslims in America.

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The Challenge of Growing up Muslim in Post 9/11 America

April 16th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 caused Daisy Khan to re-evaluate her life and her role as a Muslim woman in American society. At the time, she was a successful interior architect for a number of Fortune 500 companies. She now dedicates her life to building bridges between America’s Muslim community and the general public through her high-profile work as executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

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