Work

“The Humanity of Muhammad” With Craig Considine and Jonathan Brown

I very much enjoyed a dynamic & engaging conversation with ProfessorJonathan Brown of Georgetown University. We explored topics on a range of personal & public matters. The Risala Foundation provided the platform for this memorable event. Thank you to all who participated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cFn3tDuZqo

Work

Embracing Prophet Muhammad’s Teachings – A Review of “The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View”

Book Review of The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View By Roger Deblanck A few years ago, I discovered Dr. Craig Considine’s inspiring posts on Twitter and Instagram, where he often shares his recognition of the many similarities among the beliefs of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Now with his inspiring and empowering book The Humanity…… Continue reading Embracing Prophet Muhammad’s Teachings – A Review of “The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View”

Work

The State of Christian-Muslim Relations – An Interview with Al Jazeera Balkans

Dr. Craig Considine appears on Recite Al Jazeeri to discuss several subjects with host Harun Karčić. These subjects include The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View (Considine’s new book), the reconversion of the Hagia Sophia, religious pluralism, secularization, Islamophobia, and building bridges between Christians and Muslims. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA8P4zwgV-4&t=506s

Work

Irish Catholic Professor’s Take on Prophet Muhammad

Source: PR Web Craig Considine is a professor of Christian-Muslim relations and religious pluralism. An American Catholic of Irish and Italian descent, his personal journey in the pursuit of knowledge led him to study the Islamic faith and contemporary Christian-Muslim relations. He travels throughout the world discussing the similarities, as opposed to differences, that Christianity…… Continue reading Irish Catholic Professor’s Take on Prophet Muhammad

Interfaith

The Hope in Shared Spaces of Prayer

Photo by Dan Rosenstein via Unsplash In the West Bank city of Hebron, Jews and Muslims share an ancient shrine known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Abraham (or Ibrahim in Arabic) is believed to be buried at this sacred site. So too are Sarah, Isaac,…… Continue reading The Hope in Shared Spaces of Prayer

Politics

Hagia Sophia and “Whataboutism”

What is “whataboutism”? Oxford Dictionaries defines it as: The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue. An example of this Soviet propaganda technique is when a headline that reads “The Hagia Sophia should remain a museum” is met with the comment, “What…… Continue reading Hagia Sophia and “Whataboutism”

Books

Order “The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View”

What makes an American Catholic of Irish and Italian descent one of the leading global voices in admiration of Prophet Muhammad? In this overview of Muhammad’s life and legacy, prominent scholar Craig Considine provides a sociological analysis of Muhammad’s teachings and example. Considine shows how the Prophet embraced religious pluralism, envisioned a civic nation, stood…… Continue reading Order “The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View”

Interviews

Prophet Muhammad, COVID-19, and Islamophobia – Al Jazeera Interview

Al Jazeera (Arabic) hosted Dr. Craig Considine for a discussion on his March 2020 Newsweek article related to Prophet Muhammad’s recommendations on dealing with a pandemic like COVID-19. The discussion also examines Islamophobia, religiosity, and bridge building between people of different faiths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaJOLk3P1es&t=1s

Talks

A Prophetic Call To Welcome Refugees – Muhammad’s Example

Refugee stories are part of our common history. Prophet Muhammad was a refugee. Jesus was a refugee. Mary, his mother, was a refugee. Joseph, too. Moses was a refugee. Abraham was a refugee. Rejecting the most vulnerable among us is an affront to the prophets. How would Muhammad himself approach a refugee crisis? I answered…… Continue reading A Prophetic Call To Welcome Refugees – Muhammad’s Example

Talks

Inspired by Prophet Muhammad – Interview With “Muslims 4 Peace”

Representatives of Muslims 4 Peace, an organization that aims to bridge people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds through interfaith activities, interviewed Dr. Considine on a range of topics including (but not limited to) the life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad and effective ways of engaging in interfaith work. The interview was conducted in February…… Continue reading Inspired by Prophet Muhammad – Interview With “Muslims 4 Peace”

Work

International Media Feature Prophet Muhammad’s Teachings to Fight Coronavirus

The 14-centuries-old sayings of Prophet Muhammad, which advocated for unprecedented sanitary measures, have attracted the attention of international media amid the novel coronavirus crisis, reports Morocco World News. The founder of Islam, Muhammad, had incredible tips for combatting infectious diseases and surviving a pandemic, as highlighted by ABC (Spain). US magazine relies on Prophet Muhammad’s…… Continue reading International Media Feature Prophet Muhammad’s Teachings to Fight Coronavirus

Books

Pre-Order “The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View”

PRE-ORDER HERE The publication of The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Originally scheduled to be published on May 1st, 2020, the book is now likely available in August 2020. God willing. Here is the book’s description: “What makes an American Catholic of Irish and Italian descent one…… Continue reading Pre-Order “The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View”

Commentary

Prophet Muhammad and Coronavirus: Prayer is Not Enough

The following article was first published on Newsweek.com. Here is an excerpt: Perhaps most importantly, [Prophet Muhammad] knew when to balance faith with reason. In recent weeks, some have gone so far as to suggest that prayer would be better at keeping you from the coronavirus than adhering to basic rules of social distancing and…… Continue reading Prophet Muhammad and Coronavirus: Prayer is Not Enough

Talks

Why Muslims are Vital to American Progress – A Discussion Between Dalia Mogahed and Dr. Craig Considine

For almost two decades Muslim Americans have been telling the world what they condemn and what they are not. It’s time to show the world who they are and what they contribute. In this research driven lecture hosted by the Hub Foundation, Dalia Mogahed, the Director of Research of the Institute for Social Policy and…… Continue reading Why Muslims are Vital to American Progress – A Discussion Between Dalia Mogahed and Dr. Craig Considine

Talks

A Christian Appreciates the Contributions of Muslims to American Society

I want you all to please get comfortable because we are going to use our imaginations for a bit. Okay? I want you to imagine the following story as a book that has yet to be published. Picture it as a draft of sorts. When I am finished in ten minutes, perhaps all of us,…… Continue reading A Christian Appreciates the Contributions of Muslims to American Society

Talks

Special Dialogue on Christian-Muslim Relations at Moravian Academy

On Monday, November 18th, the Moravian community received a special visit from Craig Considine, Ph.D., a Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Rice University in Houston, TX. Flanked by nine students representing the classes of 2020-2023, Dr. Considine engaged in a vivid dialogue revolving around issues of Muslim-Christian relations in front of the fully gathered…… Continue reading Special Dialogue on Christian-Muslim Relations at Moravian Academy

Books

New Book Connects Prophet Muhammad to U.S. Founding Fathers

By Amy McCaig What did Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, think about freedom of religion and women’s rights? Did the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson imagine Muslims as future citizens of the United States? What is it really like to be a follower of the Islamic faith in the U.S.? A new, first-of-its-kind…… Continue reading New Book Connects Prophet Muhammad to U.S. Founding Fathers

Books

New Book – Islam in America: Exploring the Issues

Dr. Craig Considine’s fourth book – Islam in America: Exploring the Issues (ABC-CLIO 2019) – is a first-of-its-kind reference work that synthesizes Islamic teachings, the example of Prophet Muhammad, & the vision of the U.S. Founding Fathers.

Interfaith

Introducing the Abrahamic Family House

Sally Mousa sent me an article last week that really warmed my heart and soul. The title of the article is “UAE vision of interfaith harmony takes shape in Abrahamic House of Fraternity.” Reporting for The National, Arthur MacMillan provides the details. Officially known as the Abrahamic Family House, the complex (pictured above) will be…… Continue reading Introducing the Abrahamic Family House

Commentary

Jews, Christians, and Muslims See Eye to Eye

Freedom of religion in Islamic history is not merely a theory or a figment of our imagination. It is a historical reality. Consider the following examples: When the Christians of Najran visited Muhammad’s mosque in Medina When the Abyssinian King welcomed Muslim refugees during the first hijra When the Jews and Muslims came together and…… Continue reading Jews, Christians, and Muslims See Eye to Eye

Interviews

What Makes an American Catholic Professor a Global Voice Speaking in Admiration of Prophet Muhammad?

Dr. Craig Considine speaks to Sally Mousa of Life Beats on Pulse 95 Radio in the United Arab Emirates about his personal journey and belief in Prophet Muhammad.

Personal

Muhammad, Humanity, and Christian Religiosity

Greetings of peace to those of you who are new to this page (and peace to those who have been here for a while). Every now and then it is important for me to make this kind of post, as there seems to be some questions around who I am, what I stand for, and…… Continue reading Muhammad, Humanity, and Christian Religiosity

Racialization and Racism

Video: Prophet Muhammad – The World’s First Anti-Racist

Prophet Muhammad is recognized as the world’s first “anti-racist.” He knew racism was a disease of the heart and mind. He made it clear that no person is superior to another by virtue of race. He was the first person in history to assert that: “An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab… a white…… Continue reading Video: Prophet Muhammad – The World’s First Anti-Racist

Irish History · Irish identity · Palestine · Talks

Lecture: Why Do the Irish Support Palestine?

Dr. Craig Considine explores the reasons why the Irish support the Palestinian cause of freedom. Considine focuses on several historical similarities between the history of Ireland and Palestine including themes like settler colonialism, ethnic cleansing, dehumanization, and racial and religious institutionalized bigotry. The talk was given at the River Oaks Islamic Center in Houston, TX…… Continue reading Lecture: Why Do the Irish Support Palestine?

Talks

Video: Demystifying Islamophobia in the Age of Trump – A Conversation Between Khaled Beydoun and Craig Considine

Source – Islamophobia Resistance Campaign: “Demystifying Islamophobia in the Age of Trump: A Conversation” took place at Rice University on March 7, 2019, in which scholars Dr. Craig Considine and Professor Khaled Beydoun engaged in an interactive conversation with members of the Rice community and beyond. The conversation focused on the dynamics and responses to…… Continue reading Video: Demystifying Islamophobia in the Age of Trump – A Conversation Between Khaled Beydoun and Craig Considine

Interviews

Latino Muslims in Houston – A Documentary By Vice (Minority Reports)

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lee Adams of Vice’s “Minority Reports” to talk about a range of topics including: migration and immigration patterns, the intersection of Islam and U.S. identity, and Islamophobia in the age of Trump. As always, it is a pleasure to be on the side of the IslamInSpanish community…… Continue reading Latino Muslims in Houston – A Documentary By Vice (Minority Reports)

Talks

Prophet Muhammad’s Love of Humanity – “Lessons For Our Time”

Prophet Muhammad is one of the most vilified and misunderstood people in the history of the world. In this talk, “Prophet Muhammad’s Love of Humanity: Lessons for Our Time,” I will dispel misinformation about Muhammad in an accessible, appealing, and scholarly way. I will present historical sources and stories about Muhammad’s relations with Jews, Christians,…… Continue reading Prophet Muhammad’s Love of Humanity – “Lessons For Our Time”

Talks

Video: Christian Scholar Examines Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants and Pluralism

Dr. Craig Considine speaks at the 5th annual Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. The Forum, led by Sheikhs Abdallah bin Bayyah and Hamza Yusuf, was titled “Alliance of Virtues: An Opportunity for Global Peace.” Dr. Considine spoke on a panel titled “Covenants, Treaties, the Nation State and Muslims in the Global Order.” The host…… Continue reading Video: Christian Scholar Examines Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants and Pluralism

Talks

Video: Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Loving Thy Neighbor

Dr. Craig Considine had the privilege of speaking at Hub Talks in Pleasanton, California on July 13, 2018. His talk focused on the fear and ignorance fueling Islamophobia and offered solutions by means of Christian teachings. Dr. Considine shared his own personal and academic approaches on the matter of loving his Muslim friends, neighbors, and co-nationals.…… Continue reading Video: Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Loving Thy Neighbor

Talks

Video: Christians Defending Muslims – The Spirit of Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with Christians

Dr. Craig Considine gives a talk at the Parliament of World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada. He provides an overview of his personal experiences in interacting with Muslims and examines the ways in which Christians defend and protect Muslims. The anchor of the talk is Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with Christians and their spirit of religious pluralism.

Activism · Talks

Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants With Christians – An Offering at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Covenants Initiative is a collection of scholars that is spearheading a movement to promote the Covenants of Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. This initiative calls Muslims to the Covenants of Muhammad, which command them not to attack, but rather defend peaceful Christians until the end of time. On Saturday evening (November…… Continue reading Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants With Christians – An Offering at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Activism · Interfaith

Meeting With Worldwide Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

It was an absolute pleasure and honor to spend time with His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the leader of the worldwide Ahmadiyya community. On October 26th, 2018, alongside Professor Emran El-Badawi of the University of Houston, we discussed a range of issues, including the Constitution of Medina, embracing humanity, and peace-building. I will never forget…… Continue reading Meeting With Worldwide Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Books · Talks

Video: “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts” Book Talk at University of Denver

On September 14, 2018, the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, directed by Dr. Nader Hashemi, hosted a book talk on Muslims in America: Examining the Facts. The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver co-sponsored the event, and department chair Dr. Andrea Stanton gave opening remarks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzrjbZaD2Wo&t=35s

Work

New Book Presents Facts About U.S. Muslims

By Amy McCaig of Rice University News and Media A new book from a Rice University sociologist responds to stereotypes of and misinformation about Muslims in the United States from the time of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present day. “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts” (ABC-CLIO, 226 pages, $63) presents evidence-based documentation to…… Continue reading New Book Presents Facts About U.S. Muslims

Books

U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Facts, Upholds Institutional Islamophobia

Do Muslim immigrants and Muslim refugees pose a threat to U.S. national security? This question is one of 31 questions that drives the forthcoming book Muslims in America: Examining the Facts. In short, the answer to this question is a resounding “no.” The facts surrounding national security and violence on U.S. soil reveal that U.S.…… Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Facts, Upholds Institutional Islamophobia

Politics

Do U.S. Muslims Condemn Terrorism?

Recently, Muslims in the United States have been accused of being sympathetic to – or outright supportive of – acts of terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. For instance, a 2018 report issued by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security pictured Muslims as potential domestic terrorist threats. President Donald Trump…… Continue reading Do U.S. Muslims Condemn Terrorism?

Film-work

The Role of Activism in Criminal Justice Reform

Talks

The Prophet’s Relations with Christians – Connecting in the Classroom

Film-work · Interfaith

True Story of Muslims Protecting Christians Nominated For An Oscar

Picture this. Al-Shabab gunmen, based around northern Kenya, open fire on a bus and ask dozens of passengers on board to identify the Christian passengers. The Muslims on board refuse and decide to instead shield their fellow Christians. Some Muslims even offer their hijabs so the women can not be identified by their religion. As…… Continue reading True Story of Muslims Protecting Christians Nominated For An Oscar

Israel

Jerusalem Christians Shut Doors of Holy Sepulchre in Protest Against Israeli Policies

The various Christian factions at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre have united in the face of an “unprecedented level” of Israeli state abuse against Churches and Christians. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the place many Christians believe Jesus was buried. As such, it is also considered to be the holiest site in…… Continue reading Jerusalem Christians Shut Doors of Holy Sepulchre in Protest Against Israeli Policies

Islam

The Sanctity of Life and the Legacy of Prophet Muhammad

What does it mean to be Muslim? It is a striking question, especially when a Catholic – such as myself – considers it after years of research on Muslim-Christian relations. One matter which has struck me in my experiences with Muslims is the sanctity of life that so many of them hold dear in their…… Continue reading The Sanctity of Life and the Legacy of Prophet Muhammad

Irish America · Irish Diaspora · Irish identity

The Irish Were Once the Muslims, Mexicans, Haitians and Africans: That’s Why I’m Anti-Racist

“Irish America,” if I may use that term, has a problem with racism. As Niall O’Dowd of Irish Central (as discussed here) recently pointed out: “The belief among many [Irish Americans]… is that America today is fading fast because of overly intrusive government, too many handouts, minority mollycoddling, and a fear of saying the wrong thing.”…… Continue reading The Irish Were Once the Muslims, Mexicans, Haitians and Africans: That’s Why I’m Anti-Racist

Books · Talks

Rice U Talk: “Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora”

Books

Muslims in America: Examining the Facts

Title: Muslims in America: Examining the Facts  Publication Date: June 30, 2018 Author: Craig Considine Publisher: ABC-CLIO Pages: 212 Volume: 1 Size: 6 1/8X9 1/4 Topics: Current Events and Issues/Ethnicity – Religion/Society This installment in the critically acclaimed “Contemporary Debates” series uses evidence-based documentation to provide a full and impartial examination of beliefs and claims…… Continue reading Muslims in America: Examining the Facts

Islam

Forgiveness in Arkansas – Forgiveness in Islam

This is quite the story of forgiveness, arguably one of the main teachings of the Islamic tradition (and Christianity for that matter). The story goes like this: Abraham Davis, 20, was caught on CCTV helping a friend vandalize the Masjid Al Salam in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with racist graffiti in October 2016. Davis was sentenced…… Continue reading Forgiveness in Arkansas – Forgiveness in Islam

Interfaith · Islam · Talks

Video: Lessons From Al Andalus – Leading in a Pluralistic Society

On December 31st, I had the opportunity to speak on “Lessons From Al Andalus – Leading in a Pluralistic Society” for IslamInSpanish at the 2nd National Latino Muslim Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. I focused on the period of “Islamic Spain” and how Al-Andalus’ pluralistic vision is an important…… Continue reading Video: Lessons From Al Andalus – Leading in a Pluralistic Society

Islam · Religion · Video

Video: Christian-Muslim Relations in the Early Years of Islam

In early December 2017, I had the opportunity to give a lecture for the Dialogue Institute Dallas in Dallas, Texas. I talk about the Christian-Muslim relations in the early years of Islam in light of the covenants Prophet Muhammad made with the Christians.

Politics

Trump Promotes Christian Extremism and White Supremacy on Twitter

Once again, Donald Trump has legitimized Christian extremism, White supremacy and the far-right by retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by Britain First. a far-right extremist political organization based in the U.K. In recent years, Britain First has threatened “militant direct action” against Muslims. The group also operates a “defense force” and gives anti-Muslim activists “self-defense training”…… Continue reading Trump Promotes Christian Extremism and White Supremacy on Twitter

Politics

Slavery is Alive and Well in Libya

Slavery is not a thing of the past. Fact. There is a modern-day slave market in Libya where African migrants are caught in a brutal chain of human trafficking, as Reuters reported. Narciso Contreras, a Pulitzer Price-winning photographer, spoke to migrants turned Libyan slaves (as documented in the Reuters piece). Contreras stated: “What I found…… Continue reading Slavery is Alive and Well in Libya

Politics

Politics of Grieving – Do Nigerian Muslim Lives Matter?

A suicide attack at a mosque in Mubi, northeastern Nigeria, has killed at least 50 people, Al Jazeera has said. The explosion occurred during morning prayers. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but Boko Haram carries out regular attacks in the region. Some 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency. The BBC…… Continue reading Politics of Grieving – Do Nigerian Muslim Lives Matter?