Politics

The Muslim Nation as a Civic Nation

Scholars have dedicated much time and effort to unpack the various kinds of nation-building projects, but the distinction between “civic nation” versus “ethnic nation” is perhaps the most widely-employed conceptual building block in the study of nationhood and national identity. While these types of nations share common elements like historical territory and common culture, they… Continue reading The Muslim Nation as a Civic Nation

Books

Islam, Race, and Pluralism in Diaspora: Experiences of Young Pakistani Men in Boston and Dublin

One afternoon in the summer of 2013, I sat down with a young Ahmadi American Muslim of Pakistani descent. He told me an unsettling story, one that touches on some of the most pressing issues of the post-9/11 era. The young man, henceforth “Muhammad,” was traveling on an Amtrak train along the East Coast. Sitting… Continue reading Islam, Race, and Pluralism in Diaspora: Experiences of Young Pakistani Men in Boston and Dublin

Politics

These Anti-Sharia Protests Are Based on Lies and Conspiracy Theories

A brief word about these anti-sharia protests happening tomorrow across 28 cities in the U.S.. In short, these protests are totally bogus. The facts show that so-called infiltration of sharia in the American legal system is a non-existent problem or threat. To date, there is not a single Muslim organization calling for sharia to trump the… Continue reading These Anti-Sharia Protests Are Based on Lies and Conspiracy Theories

Politics

Fact-check – “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Poses a Very Small Threat to America

President Trump tweeted yesterday that “The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is very real, just look at what is happening in Europe and the Middle East.” His comment suggests that “radical Islamic terrorism” is the greatest threat to the United States and that his administration will take steps to eradicate this danger from the world. The tweet… Continue reading Fact-check – “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Poses a Very Small Threat to America

Politics

Prominent Organization Lists Trump as Threat To Human Rights

Human Rights Watch, a prominent American-founded international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights, has recently published an article on the threat that President-elect Donald Trump’s administration poses to human rights. The organization said in a 687-page report: “Donald Trump’s election as US president after a campaign fomenting hatred and intolerance, and the rising influence… Continue reading Prominent Organization Lists Trump as Threat To Human Rights

Outreach

Rice University Discussion to Break Stereotypes of Muslim Americans

One word – Islamophobia – captures Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the American political scene. Over the course of the last year, Trump has called for the following: a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States; closure of mosques; possibly putting Muslims in internment camps; and “absolutely” requiring Muslims to… Continue reading Rice University Discussion to Break Stereotypes of Muslim Americans

Quoted · Work

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'”