Outreach · Quoted

Panel Addresses Misconceptions of Islamic Faith

The Religion and Public Life Program held a panel in an effort to address common misconceptions about the Islamic faith on Thursday. The panel consisted of three guests: Imam Wazir Ali, the imam of two mosques in Houston; Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology at Rice University and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and president of the… Continue reading Panel Addresses Misconceptions of Islamic Faith

Islam · Islamophobia · Outreach

Teaching “Muslim Americans” in Texas, the Hotbed of Islamophobia

“Armed and Vigilant: In Fear of a Muslim Uprising in Texas.” That is that title of a recent Al Jazeera mini-documentary on YouTube. The clip delves into the inflammatory anti-Muslim sentiment bubbling up in Texas. In the video, Tania Rashid, an Al Jazeera reporter, talks to David Wright, a member of the Bureau on American-Islamic… Continue reading Teaching “Muslim Americans” in Texas, the Hotbed of Islamophobia

Politics

London-Based Consultancy: Islamic State Rebels Using U.S. Government Weapons

A report published by the London-based Conflict Armament Research consultancy found that Islamic State militants had access to large numbers of U.S. weapons, which they were shifting to key battlefields. Pictures of these weapons can be viewed here: 11 Photos Of U.S. Weapons Used By ISIS — And Some Rockets From America’s Friends. The report drew no conclusions… Continue reading London-Based Consultancy: Islamic State Rebels Using U.S. Government Weapons

Politics

Time For a New Patriot Act

2001 was a dark year for Americans. The Twin Towers fell. The Pentagon was struck. But the Nation lost much more than that in 2001. 2001 was the year that George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act is kind of like a propaganda document for the following reasons. Literally, the Patriot Act… Continue reading Time For a New Patriot Act

Sociology

Americans Should Turn Their Minds to Jesus, Not Darwin, on Easter

Easter Sunday is an appropriate time for Americans to reflect upon the direction of their societies. Should America become a place that embodies the teachings of Jesus or Darwin? Akbar Ahmed weighs in: “A debilitating tension between Darwin and Jesus lies at the heart of American identity. It is not so much about how society… Continue reading Americans Should Turn Their Minds to Jesus, Not Darwin, on Easter

Outreach

Outreach: One Film 9/11 can make a difference

Also published in Islamophobia Today The anti-Islamic propaganda film Innocence of Muslims exacerbated the stereotypes and animosities between Americans and Muslims worldwide.   The anti-American protests that have swept across the world have proven that for better or worse, one film can make a difference.  For this reason I’m informing you about the documentary feature film Journey into… Continue reading Outreach: One Film 9/11 can make a difference

Religion

Politics: Culture of dependency between American Islamophobes and ultra-religious Muslims

From Moustafa Bayoumi’s Men Behaving Badly: ‘The Islamophobes in the United States and the ultra-religious right in Muslim-majority countries need each other to survive. Each confirms to the other the need for his own existence. To the Islamophobes, all Muslims are extremists. The provocations Islamophobes produce are designed to elicit the very images we see.… Continue reading Politics: Culture of dependency between American Islamophobes and ultra-religious Muslims