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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Islam and the People of The Book: Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet

I am  excited to share the new book of John Andrew Morrow (editor), Islam and the People of the Book: Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet. My own chapter in the book focuses on how the Covenants of Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of his time embodied the spirit of religious pluralism. Islam…… Continue reading Islam and the People of The Book: Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet

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The Latest Wave of Islamophobia: Hate Crimes Against Non-Muslims

The USA Today reports a Delaware man threatened his neighbors who he believed to be Muslims. The man – Gerard Medvec (63 years old) – alluded to firebombing their house – or “taking the fight to them” – and said he “seriously thought about throwing some Molotov cocktails” at his neighbors’ house, according to court…… Continue reading The Latest Wave of Islamophobia: Hate Crimes Against Non-Muslims

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Words For Our Wounded World – “Where Epics Fail”

Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian immigrant and Muslim in Trump’s America. His new book – Where Epics Fail – is a work of hope, peace and healing for our wounded world. Where Epics Fail, to be published by Unbound (UK), is a collection of 800 aphorisms composed over the last ten years. Unbound is the world’s first crowd-funding…… Continue reading Words For Our Wounded World – “Where Epics Fail”

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One Picture Alone Shatters the Myth that Islam Is a New Religion in America

One picture alone shtters the myth that Islam is a new religion in American society. This is the short story of Yarrow Marmood (pictured). He was allegedly born in the late 17th century in West Africa, but other estimates put his birth in the 18th century. Specifically, he was said to have been brought in bondage…… Continue reading One Picture Alone Shatters the Myth that Islam Is a New Religion in America

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Islam in the 2016 Presidential Election

“Even before the beginning of the current election campaign cycle, the rhetoric that has been espoused by presidential candidates, at least in contemporary times, has been relatively unabashed in regards to the way that Muslims are spoken about on the campaign trail. Muslims have often been used as political pawns in a struggle for politicians…… Continue reading Islam in the 2016 Presidential Election

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Rabwah Times Interview on Islam and Religious Freedom

It was an honor to talk to Dr. Kashif Chaudhry of Rabwah Times, an excellent news source which I hope everyone will follow via social media. Dr. Chaudhry and I covered a range of topics including: 1) my trip to Jalsa USA 2016; 2) Islamophobia as racism; 3) “true Islam” and religious freedom; 4) motivation…… Continue reading Rabwah Times Interview on Islam and Religious Freedom

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Cited in “Trump’s Failure on ‘Heeby Jobbies'”

A new CNN piece by Dean Obeidallah cites my article “Saluting Muslim American Patriots.” Obeidallah wrote the following: Muslims fought to establish this nation, serving in the Revolutionary Army, fighting alongside George Washington, according to sociologist, Craig Considine, who assayed Muslims’ contributions in war in an article for the Huffington Post. The most famous was Peter Buckminster,…… Continue reading Cited in “Trump’s Failure on ‘Heeby Jobbies'”

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Second-generation Pakistani-Irish Individuals Face Identity Challenges

By Amy McCaig  Published first on Rice University News and Media Second-generation Pakistani-Irish individuals are facing identity challenges among Ireland’s mainstream views of national identity or “Irishness,” according to a new study from Rice University. “What Does It Mean To Be ‘Irish’? Perceptions of Irish Identity Among Young Pakistani Men” appeared in a recent edition…… Continue reading Second-generation Pakistani-Irish Individuals Face Identity Challenges

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Huffington Post Arabi Translates “Why This Christian Studies Islam”

“Why This Christian Studies Islam”, my latest article in the Huffington Post, has been translated into Arabic. Translation is important because it moves ideas from here to there. Translation is another way to build bridges across unnecessary divides. You can find the article here

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Article: What Does it Mean to Be ‘Irish’? Perceptions of Irish identity Among Young Pakistani Men

I am happy to share my new publication “What does it mean to be ‘Irish’? Perceptions of Irish identity among young Pakistani men” in Diaspora Studies (published by Routledge – Taylor & Francis). Abstract: The aim of this paper is to contribute to the discussion surrounding national identity by considering a particular set of empirical…… Continue reading Article: What Does it Mean to Be ‘Irish’? Perceptions of Irish identity Among Young Pakistani Men

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Voice of Islam Radio Interview on Prophet Muhammad’s Relations With Christians

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Why a Christian Can View Muhammad as a Prophet

As an advocate of interfaith dialogue, particularly between Christians and Muslims, I’m often faced with the issue of conversion. People ask me, “If you admire Prophet Muhammad so much, why don’t you convert to Islam? Why don’t you accept him as “the seal”? I see these questions popping up on my Twitter and Facebook feeds…… Continue reading Why a Christian Can View Muhammad as a Prophet

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Under the Government of Prophet Muhammad

Published in Islam Today (magazine) – Online version – Magazine print version It is no secret that Christians are being persecuted in the ‘Muslim world’. According to the World Watch List for 2015, nine out of the top ten countries where Christians suffer ‘extreme persecution’ have populations that are at least 50% Muslim. Much of…… Continue reading Under the Government of Prophet Muhammad

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Racism

An Islamic History Lesson for the Leader of the English Defence League, May 24th. Tommy Robinson, leader of the anti-Muslim group English Defence League, used some racy language in his response to the recent killing of a British soldier by a young British Muslim man in Woolwich, London. Referring to the actions and religion of…… Continue reading Racism

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Finding Considine Ancestral Home in Ardeamush, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare

Here’s a screenshot of video I shot of my family’s ancestral home in Ardeamush, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare. Patrick Considine, born 1800, very likely lived here. He is my great, great, great, great, great-grandfather. His son, Michael, definitely lived here. By the appearance of the back wall it looks like parts of the home go back to…… Continue reading Finding Considine Ancestral Home in Ardeamush, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare

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The Islamic State: The Mother of All “Blowback” for the U.S. Government

Blowback is unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the aggressor. To the civilians suffering the blowback of covert operations, the effect typically manifests itself as “random” acts of political violence without a discernible, direct cause; because the public—in whose name the intelligence agency acted—are unaware of the effected secret attacks that…… Continue reading The Islamic State: The Mother of All “Blowback” for the U.S. Government

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Family, Religion and Identity Experiences in the Pakistani Diaspora: A Case Study of Young Pakistani Men in Dublin & Boston

This presentation provided an overview of data collected during an exploratory case study based in qualitative research regarding the lived experiences of Pakistani men between the ages of 18 and 35 living in Dublin and Boston. I offered a theoretical backdrop on diaspora theory and its related concepts, a general introduction to Pakistanis, the origins…… Continue reading Family, Religion and Identity Experiences in the Pakistani Diaspora: A Case Study of Young Pakistani Men in Dublin & Boston

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So What if a Christian Writes About Muhammad

Some critics find it odd that I am a Christian who writes about Muhammad. Haters see my articles as odd and even worse – sacrilegious – because I give praise to the founder of Islam, a religion often portrayed as “evil” around the world. However, as you will see in these articles, there is nothing…… Continue reading So What if a Christian Writes About Muhammad

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Huffington Post picture on Rumi-Emerson article

The Huffington Post – Religion made this sweet little picture after the publication of my Rumi-Emerson comparison, which is based on the themes of religious tolerance, love, and “oneness.” Sheila Musaji of The American Muslim also republished the piece. You can read that here. Related articles Rumi and Emerson: A bridge between the West and the…… Continue reading Huffington Post picture on Rumi-Emerson article

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Responses to Memorial Day article honoring Muslim veterans

Here are some of the responses to my latest piece for the Huffington Post Religion: Honoring Muslim American Soldiers on Memorial Day. At the moment the article has received over 460 comments. In quickly scanning through them I have broken those comments down into 5 different categories. The responses are wide-ranging, but I think in general…… Continue reading Responses to Memorial Day article honoring Muslim veterans

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Launch of website for The Thistle and the Drone

I’ve created a website for my mentor Professor Akbar Ahmed’s forthcoming book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. Visit the blog here and read more about this important read.

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Comparing Muhammad and Washington

By now you may have read about the recent article in which I compared the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington through the Holy Quran and Rules of Civility respectively. I have been attacked by many people for making the comparison, but here is a kind remark which was left on the comments section of the…… Continue reading Comparing Muhammad and Washington

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Fox Nation picks up Muhammad-Washington article

Find it here: Fox Nation

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Work: Two new publications in Egypt and Belgium

The latest article I wrote on America’s Founding Fathers, Islam and One Film 9/11 has been published worldwide.  The most recent publications have come in Bikya Masr in Egypt and Le Soir in Belgium. One of Egypt’s largest English media outlets, Bikya Masr is a multiple award-winning independent news website with staff based across the globe.…… Continue reading Work: Two new publications in Egypt and Belgium

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Work: Writing in Alhurra

Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic language outlet funded by the United States Congress which broadcasts news to the Middle East and North Africa.  Its stated mission is to provide ‘objective, accurate and relevant news and information’ to its audience while seeking to ‘support democratic values’ and ‘expand the spectrum of ideas, opinions, and perspectives’…… Continue reading Work: Writing in Alhurra

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New article in Huffington Post on Islam and American identity

Here is my latest article on what America’s Founding Fathers would say about Islam.  The article is driven by my new interfaith initiative One Film 9/11. You can read more about the initiative here and join us on Facebook.  Hope you enjoy the article and blog.

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New One Film 9/11 article in Middle East Voices of Voice of America

I’m quite honoured to have had Middle East Voices of Voice of America pick up my latest One Film 9/11 article on the Founding Fathers and Islam.  You can see the article here. Middle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America (VOA). Its goal is to inform, amplify voices,…… Continue reading New One Film 9/11 article in Middle East Voices of Voice of America

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Work: One Film 9/11 article in Belgium magazine

Yenoo Belgique Magazine is dedicated to the Moroccan community in Belgium and around the world.  It recently published my One Film 9/11 article Les Pères fondateurs des Etats-Unis : Que diraient-ils sur l’islam? on October 27th, 2012.  You can also see an excerpt of the article on the One Film 9/11 blog.

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Work: Hebrew, Arabic and more translations of Founding Fathers and Islam article

My article, ‘What would America’s Founding Fathers say about Islam?’, has been translated by Common Ground News Service into several non-English languages: דבלין – בשבועות האחרונים שמעו רבים בכל רחבי העולם על המחלוקות והעימותים בין הקהילות האסלאמיות ואמריקה. אך בחינה מעמיקה יותר של ההיסטוריה האמריקנית מוכיחה כי למעשה המורשת האמריקנית מתקדמת בכיוון ההפוך. בעולם הפלגני לכאורה…… Continue reading Work: Hebrew, Arabic and more translations of Founding Fathers and Islam article

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Reaching the “Most Dangerous Place in the World”

I’m very happy to announce that the latest One Film 9/11 article, ‘What would America’s founding fathers say about Islam’, has been published in The Frontier Post in Khyber Pakhtunkwha. Click HERE to access the article. This is an especially important publication because it reaches in area of the world which has been fundamentally impacted…… Continue reading Reaching the “Most Dangerous Place in the World”

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Saudi Arabian Newspaper Picks up Article on One Film 9/11

Arab News is an English-language daily newspaper published in Saudi Arabia. It is published simultaneously from Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam.  The target audiences of the paper are businessmen, executives and diplomats.  In addition to its domestic distribution in Saudi Arabia, Arab News has a wide range of international distribution, including United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Near East,North Africa, Europe and the USA. Continue reading

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Work: My latest article on Founding Fathers and Islam in Common Ground News Service

One Film 9/11 and Journey into America continue to receive attention.  Read my latest article, ‘What would America’s Founding Fathers say about Islam?’, in Common Ground News Service: Americans and Muslims worldwide shouldn’t be surprised when they see that the writings of America’s Founding Fathers reveal an open perspective and absolute acceptance of Islam and,…… Continue reading Work: My latest article on Founding Fathers and Islam in Common Ground News Service

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Urdu translation of ‘One Film 9/11’ article in Pakistan Link

Published in the October 19th Urdu version of the Pakistan Link.  The article can be found on page four of the paper.  Click here to view the article.  If that doesn’t work, visit the Pakistan Link homepage and conduct search.

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Work: Article on new ‘One Film 9/11’ initiative makes way to Huffington Post

Read the article here Please share it with friends. If you have any advice on how to spread the message, please feel free to leave a comment. I’m curious to what everyone thinks about this initiative.

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Work: Pakistan Link picks up article on One Film 9/11

Online version coming out soon. Same with an Urdu translation. Visit the Pakistan Link. If you want to help spread the word about One Film 9/11, join the Facebook page for regular updates and the blog at WordPress.com. UPDATE: You can find the online version here

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Work: The American Muslim picks up One Film 9/11

  Sheila Musaji, an activist in the Islamic and inter-faith communities, was kind enough (as editor) to promote One Film 9/11 in her online newspaper The American Muslim. The American Muslim has a large audience, so this is a good opportunity for One Film 9/11 to get more attention. Click here to read the article. I would…… Continue reading Work: The American Muslim picks up One Film 9/11

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Reason Behind American Fear-Mongering Campaign Against Iran

Important passage from Glenn Greenwald’s article on the real reason why the U.S. fears a nuclear Iran: No rational person takes seriously the claim that Iran, even if it did obtain a nuclear weapon, would commit instant and guaranteed national suicide by using it to attack a nation that has a huge nuclear stockpile, which happens…… Continue reading Reason Behind American Fear-Mongering Campaign Against Iran

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Work: Some links launching new initiative One Film 9/11

Journey into America should be required viewing for all Americans and Muslims worldwide.  For this reason I have started the initiative One Film 9/11. The purpose of this initiative is to screen Journey into America in as many places of religious worship around the world on September 11th, 2013 in the hope of improving relations…… Continue reading Work: Some links launching new initiative One Film 9/11

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Work: Launching my new initiative: One Film 9/11 and ‘Journey into America’ (2009) as the counter to hateful Terry Jones film

Ladies and Gentlemen, The recent and unfortunate events in Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, Egypt were both sparked by ONE FILM. The film was created by Pastor Terry Jones and Co. Its message was disgusting. It painted Prophet Muhammad as a child rapist, among other absurdities. Annoyed that ONE FILM could have such destruction on human…… Continue reading Work: Launching my new initiative: One Film 9/11 and ‘Journey into America’ (2009) as the counter to hateful Terry Jones film

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Articles

2014 The Problem With Banning the Burqa. Huffington Post Religion, March 12th. Revisiting the Connection Between Prophet Muhammad and George Washington. Huffington Post Religion, February 16th. Interview on Scholar’s Spiritual Journey Into Islam and the Life of Prophet Muhammad. Huffington Post Religion, February 11th. What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam. Huffington Post Religion, January…… Continue reading Articles

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Work: Huffington Post piece, ‘The “other” Islam’ and reflecting on religion and 9/11

A short piece I wrote about how 9/11 changed the way I looked at religion, specifically Islam, was published today (September 11th) in the Huffington Post’s article (slide 12) How 9/11 Changed Religion in America. I’m honoured to be featured alongside a Hindu Monk, a Sikh activist, an Ahmadi writer, a Jewish scholar, a Dean at USC,…… Continue reading Work: Huffington Post piece, ‘The “other” Islam’ and reflecting on religion and 9/11

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Work: Vetted CNN iReports

Picture – Call to fight in Athens (August 17 2012) Picture – Occupy Dame Street (October 18 2011) Video – Inauguration Day on Former Slave Island in Georgia (January 20 2009) Video – Islam and Hip Hop with Q-Boogie (November 20 2008) Video – Interview in Chomsky’s Office (October 23 2008) Video – Somali Muslims…… Continue reading Work: Vetted CNN iReports

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Work/picture: CNN iReport – Call to fight in Athens

A recent assignment from CNN iReport called on people to send pictures that highlight the deteriorating economic climate throughout Europe. The CNN iReport team vetted this picture and it is now up for consideration for live viewing on CNN. You can see the rest of my iReports here.

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New challenge in Ph.D. process

I learned today that the Department of Sociology would like me to take on a new challenge: to teach the Junior Sophister (JS) module ‘Researching Society’.  This third-year course is a step up from what I’ve been teaching for the past two years – Introduction to Sociology at the Junior Freshman (JF) level.  I’m happy…… Continue reading New challenge in Ph.D. process

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Editor in action

I’ve blogged about this many times, but just to reiterate, I served as the Editor for the Trinity College Dublin Journal of Postgraduate Research, Volume XI.  Here are some action pictures from the launch event, which were taken by friend and great photographer, Robbie Fry. © Robbie Fry Photography