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