About

13230168_946982008732932_4263748214493632168_nPeace be with you and welcome to my website. I am a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent. I was born and bred in Needham, Massachusetts and have studied in Washington, DC, London and Dublin. As a sociologist I focus on many topics including religious pluralism, Muslims in America, Islamophobia, Christian-Muslim relations, the life of Prophet Muhammad, race and ethnic relations, and the intersection between religion and nationalism. My doctoral dissertation on the experiences of young Pakistani men in Boston and Dublin has been turned into a book manuscript titled Pakphobia: Islam and Racism in the Pakistani Diaspora, to be published by Routledge – Taylor and Francis Group in 2017. I have another book – A Christian Finds the Muslim Faith – to be published in 2017 by Noura Books of Indonesia. One of my recent peer-reviewed articles is titled Religious Pluralism and Civic Rights in a “Muslim Nation”: An Analysis of Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with Christians. I am currently teaching in the Department of Sociology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I hold a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Please feel free to e-mail me via the contact page (above) with any thoughts or questions. Thanks for visiting and I hope you stop by again in the future.

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  1. In response to your tweet re: terry jones (since I am trying to stick to my pledge not to tweet impulsively) I understand and appreciate your conciliatory desire to mute the tensions that seemed to have boiled over in this tragedy, but the sad fact for Christianity, is that Terry Jones represents it just fine. There are some great Christians in history and alive today, but at its root Christianity, like every other religion is a fairy tale designed to comfort scared lonely people in a big scary world, and sometimes to line the pockets of con men. People seeking comfort from a genuine religion need to take a true leap of faith and MAKE UP their own damn religion. take the nuggets of truth that you can find in the world from wherever you can find them, and do not let others tell you what constitutes truth and how to find value, salvation, enlightenment,etc. Because in the end, all the noble intentions, goodwill, and true love of our fellow man will ever stop a horde of superstitious assholes from doing shit like this – the video and the resulting murder of an American Ambassador. And lucky for us voters, this will now become a political football so the tragedy is not even close to over. Take the plunge and make your faith personal and end the tyranny of organized religion.

    peace,
    Exile

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    1. Early irish christian were celtic christians,its too bad they were forced into the roman franchise,they have gone the way of the donastis , only to be found in writtings,I have no sympathy for the islamist because they just hijcke the bible and are the desendants of ishmael, was proclaimed to be a wild man,and prresent day heeadlines prove that.real christianity has been lost,and made into religious institutions,which would be unrecognizable,you cannot blame craigbecause he unknowingly is a child of the institutions,and has never seen a demonstration of real christianity

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    1. Sorry Paul – he has no time for this. He has better things to do. Like spreading Islam and all that. If you have a daughter, please never introduce her to Craig.

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      1. “If you have a daughter, please never introduce her to Craig”. Instead leave her to a hindu winsarthak

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    2. Try to watch again the video; the policewoman ( see translation in min. 20)said that the perpetrators were kurdish & African background..and didn’t say they were Muslims
      The real Muslim doesn’t hurt the others specially the women.
      I wonder if a group of people from USA killed children & women.. can u judge that all people from USA are killers ??

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      1. Pray tell, HOW ARE WE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ‘GOOD MUSLIM’ AND A BAD ONE? DO WE WAIT UNTIL HE BURNS HER ALIVE? SELLS HIS DAUGHTER AS A ‘CHILD BRIDE’? BLOWS HIMSELF UP ON A CROWDED BUS OR IN A SCHOOL FOR GIRLS? ISN’T IT TOO LATE THEN?

        THEIR QURANIC TEACHING IS THAT ‘PEACE’ IS LIVING UNDER SHARIA LAW. SHARIA LAW IS BRUTAL AND BARBARIC.

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      2. Carmen rita,
        Did u read quran yourself? Please mention me only one verse that says such things as you said.
        Good Muslims and bad Muslim are like good Christians and KKK ku klux klan ….hope you understood

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      3. The delineation of good and bad…as a judgement tool that none of us should willingly seek or sustain…does not distinguish by person, but by action. If you as a man or woman choose to act with hate, it is you who embody hate, not your brother or sister who are raised and share the same name or faith. To make it more complicated is to seek excuse rather than understanding and peace.

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    3. Hi Paul, I am a Canadian Muslim woman. Its not a Muslim hobby to rape. The video that you shared only says that the rape was conducted by people from Kurds and African origins. It doesn’t say anywhere that those men were Muslims. I don’t know what bad experience you have had but I know of a peace-loving Muslim community who’s never been associated with any crime or terror activity around the world. If you may, please visit this website for further details: alislam.org

      Have a great day.

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  2. Do the world a favor and KILL YOURSELF!
    You’re completely braindead and sick in the head, SICK FUCK!
    You filthy hypocrite racist!
    ‘muslim’ is NOT a race! YOU act as if white muslims don’t exist, making YOU the racist, BRAINDEAD ASSHOLE!
    islamophobia does NOT exist fucktard! islam = hate, death, violence, racism, women hate, jew hate, gay hate, ect! AND YOU FUCKING KNOW IT!
    Stop sticking your fucktard head in the sand!
    I don’t give a fuck about race, but I HATE muslims, like EVERYONE WITH A BRAIN!
    Not because of race, but because of their SICK FUCK hatecult called ‘religion’!
    FUCKING FAIRYTALES!
    WTF is wrong with you!?

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    1. He’s a bit too young to be a sociologist/social constructor.

      He is not a Catholic at all. He never went to a Catholic institution for his ‘education’. He went to a Protestant school. . During this century Trinity College was seen as the university of the Protestant Ascendancy. … However, the Irish Catholic bishops implemented a general ban on Catholics entering Trinity College, with few exceptions, because of …
      ‎University of Dublin · ‎Provosts · ‎Category:Trinity College, Dublin see wikipedia

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    2. Get some knowledge, get educated, your language explains what kinda religion you follow and how you have been Brough up.
      Give yourself some respect so you tongue could be little respectful

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  3. “I am passionate about peace making” haha. What, some 20 something American talking like he’s Mandela… Mate, honestly how the fuck did you become a Dr? How many cocks did you suck for that doctorate? You have the intelligence of a rotten vegetable and the peace making capabilities of a cheese cake. You are a complete and utter prat.

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  4. Found you via Twitter and glad that I did. It’s a relief to know people like you setting the facts straight and not blinded by the mass propaganda. Keep up the good work!

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    1. This is a list of Islamists…………they all have their own ‘propaganda’.I think that the sheer number of ( known ) Muslim terrorist groups speak volumes..don’t you?
      Abu Sayyaf, Philippines
      Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Gaza Strip and West Bank
      Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Egypt
      Al-Qaeda, worldwide
      Al-Shabaab, Somalia
      Ansar al-Islam, Iraq
      Ansar al-sharia, Libya
      Armed Islamic Group (GIA), Algeria
      Boko Haram, Nigeria
      Caucasus Emirate (IK), Russia
      East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), China
      Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Egypt
      Great Eastern Islamic Raiders’ Front (IBDA-C), Turkey
      Hamas, Gaza Strip and West Bank
      Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Alami, Pakistan

      Hezbollah, Lebanon
      Islamic Movement of Central Asia, Central Asia
      Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
      Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, worldwide
      Jaish-e-Mohammed, Pakistan and Kashmir
      Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna, Iraq
      Jemaah Islamiyah, Indonesia
      Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan and Kashmir
      Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Pakistan
      Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Philippines
      Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, Morocco and Europe
      Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Gaza Strip and West Bank
      Tawhid and Jihad, Ira

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      1. Google search don’t make you a scholar to understand islam. Make sure you experience yourself all that you say.

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      2. I think some more should be named which are christian terrorist organizations…….Those who dropped nuclear bombs on japan were they muslims? Mussolini , hitler , Stalin … who were they muslims? first and second world war who started and fought.. Muslims? Millions of people including women and children killed in Afghanistan, Iraq etc… by US and UK.. who are they Muslims?

        Below is the List of christian terrorist organizations…..

        National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) [India]
        Lord’s Resistance Army
        Ku Klux Klan
        Antibalaka
        Catholic Reaction Force/Protestant Action Force
        The Orange Volunteers
        The Aryan Nations
        The Christian Identity Movement

        Those who stay in home made of Glass should not throw stone on others…

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    2. he received 15.000 form Dar al islam.

      Some modern Muslim scholars believe that the labeling of a country or place as being a part of Dar al-Islam revolves around the question of religious security. This means that if a Muslim practices Islam freely in his place of abode, even though that place happens to be secular or un-Islamic, then he will be considered as living in the Dar al-Islam. Yet, the majority opinion, which relies on tradition, claims that only countries ruled by Sharia can be considered true “abodes of peace.”

      Dar al-Islam, or house/abode of Submission, is also known and referred to as Dar al-Salam, or house/abode of Peace. The term appears in the Quran in 10.25 and 6.127 as a name of Paradise.[4]

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    1. Peace in the quran means submission. It doesn’t mean peace as in everybodygetalonglikegoodlittlechildren.

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  5. I feel so bad for you how do you deal with all this abuse.one thing for sure you really have been gifted by GOD to be able to handle this type of people and to have the ability and intelligence to pen down your opinions and research.
    May GOD guide you always.

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    1. He got $15,000.00 from Dar Al Islam. ( HOUSE OF ISLAM or HOUSE OF SUBMISSION)We know how he tolerates the abuse, and in who’s house he lives in.

      Some modern Muslim scholars believe that the labeling of a country or place as being a part of Dar al-Islam revolves around the question of religious security. This means that if a Muslim practices Islam freely in his place of abode, even though that place happens to be secular or un-Islamic, then he will be considered as living in the Dar al-Islam. Yet, the majority opinion, which relies on tradition, claims that only countries ruled by Sharia can be considered true “abodes of peace.”

      Dar al-Islam, or house/abode of Submission, is also known and referred to as Dar al-Salam, or house/abode of Peace. The term appears in the Quran in 10.25 and 6.127 as a name of Paradise.[4]

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      1. Dar al-Islam (Arabic: دار الإسلام‎‎ literally house/abode of Islam; or Dar as-Salam, house/abode of Peace; or Dar al-Tawhid, house/abode of monotheism) is a term used by Muslim scholars to refer to those countries where Muslims can practice their religion as the ruling sect and where certain religions, (Judaism, Christianity, and Sabianism) are to be tolerated. It is the area of the world under the rule of Islam, literally, “the home of Islam.”[3] These are usually Islamic cultures wherein Muslims represent the majority of the population, and so the government promises them a privileged status. Most Dar al-Islam areas are surrounded by other Islamic societies to ensure public protection.

        ” Yet, the majority opinion, which relies on tradition, claims that only countries ruled by Sharia can be considered true “abodes of peace.”

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  6. I read you piece in the Huffington Post about all that Islam has contributed to the West for the last 1,000 years, The problem is most of them were more than 1,000 years ago. By your own article you showed that Islam has contributed virtually nothing to the world, Look at the simple fact that Islam has virtually no Nobel prizes. Jews have 184 with 1/500 being Jewish, Muslims are 1/4 of the world and have about 10. And those that got them often did not live under Islam
    Sorry professor, but you are wrong. Islam has contributed next to nothing to the world.

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    1. The contributions of Islam was only during the Dark age in Europe. Due to a mini ice age and plagues people Europe didn’t have the means to study algebra.
      This craig got a $15,000.00 grant from Dar Al Islam.

      Dar al-Islam (Arabic: دار الإسلام‎‎ literally house/abode of Islam; or Dar as-Salam, house/abode of Peace; or Dar al-Tawhid, house/abode of monotheism) is a term used by Muslim scholars to refer to those countries where Muslims can practice their religion as the ruling sect and where certain religions, (Judaism, Christianity, and Sabianism) are to be tolerated. It is the area of the world under the rule of Islam, literally, “the home of Islam.”[3] These are usually Islamic cultures wherein Muslims represent the majority of the population, and so the government promises them a privileged status. Most Dar al-Islam areas are surrounded by other Islamic societies to ensure public protection.
      Yet, the majority opinion, which relies on tradition, claims that only countries ruled by Sharia can be considered true “abodes of peace.”

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      1. Who the fuck is that Rita person anyway? Keeps commenting same thing over and over again, like what?
        Bitch, we heard you! If you really hate him that much, why don’t you just face him and slap his face directly?
        If you really want to make people believe that he’s a bad guy, or that he’s really a fucktard, you know what? You just did the opposite!! By opposite, it shows that you are THE actual fucktard.

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  7. Please go read history before talking about stuff that you have been fed through media. There are over 1.6 billion Muslim world wide.. So couple of thousands do not represent Islam, even if they say so.
    Are all Christians Crusaders? Who killed all ethnics including Jews? The Crusades were a series of military campaigns that took place between the 11th and 15th centuries, each sanctioned by the Pope of its era.

    Don’t rely on Media, stories Around that were chosen intentionally to direct your thoughts as required. This is simply called narrow minded!

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  8. Hi Craig

    I’ve just recently discovered you on Instagram and I think you are an amazing human being. Keep up the great work..

    Linda

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  9. So what do you say about this?

    Women are Deficient in Intelligence
    Main Article: Women are Deficient in Intelligence

    Muhammad’s dislike for women caused him to declare that the majority of the inhabitants of Hell are women.[2] When asked why he said it was because they are deficient in intelligence and religion and because they are ungrateful to their husbands. Although Muslim apologists and female Muslims use a lot of creative arguments to explain away Muhammad’s declarations about women, they don’t stand up to scrutiny. This article will present evidence showing Muhammad’s belief that all women are less intelligent than their male counterparts, as well as examine and refute the common Muslim claims about the ahadith in question.

    Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

    Once Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o ‘Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, “O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women).” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle ?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.”
    Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301

    The trouble with religion is that everybody cherry picks their own stuff. If you don’t read and examine a subject from all angles you won’t get a clear picture but merely reinforce you own prejudices. Also, if you are being paid by a sponsor with an axe to grind or has an agenda that is heavily biased to promote something without regard to the whole story then everything you say is suspect. More has been discovered about the world, it’s inhabitants, the cosmos etc. but by no means everything, by science in the last 300 years than 1000’s of years of religion. Now that does tell you something!!

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    1. Allah Almighty and prophet Muhammad praised the good women, let us look at the following quotes from our Islamic sources:

      “For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in God’s praise,- for them has God prepared forgiveness and great reward. (The Noble Quran, 33:35)”

      “The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practise regular charity, and obey God and His Apostle. On them will God pour His mercy: for God is Exalted in power, Wise. (The Noble Quran, 9:71)”

      Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in his last sermon said about women :”O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.”…

      I think the holy bible degrades women when it says that birth of female child make women impure for 80 days and birth of male for forty days,,, Eve is blamed for the sin… pregnancy and labor pain is a curse for women in christianity….

      “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” (Ephesians 5:22-24)

      “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16)

      Women Shall Not Speak : “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (I Corinthians 14:34-35)

      “Give me any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman.” (Eccles. 25:13)”Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.” (Eccles. 25:22)

      I suggest you not to misquote Islam or out of context…..If Islam degrades women than y so many women especially from west are embracing Islam??

      Thank you,

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  10. Search and you will find what you are looking for. Better sooner than later. A beautiful perspective out of the box. To spread the truth and nothing but the truth. Not man made or what used to be man or will become man or something in between. Not grey not in the shadow. Simply blackbor white. Not to be mixed up yet blend. A powerful tool for those who searches. May Allah bless you. Assalammualaikum.

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