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By the look of things, America is suffering through a pretty bad identity crisis. As our society indulges in 50th anniversary commemorations of civil rights movement milestones and tragedies - such as the passage of the Voting Rights Act or the Sunday massacre at Selma police across the country continue to go unchastised for shooting unarmed, naked, and even mentally ill civilians. It is no surprise, then, that the Malcolm X is making a comeback in our national conversation about race, justice, and memory.... » read more
Muqtedar Khan
The American Muslim condition is paradoxical. Muslims in the U.S. live in the best of circumstances and the worst of times. Most tend to be mainstream, moderate and middle class. They are educated and are well integrated into American society. In fact, they are seen as a model for European countries to emulate. But American Muslims also live in a sociopolitical climate in which Islamophobia is steadily on the rise.... » read more
The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University hosted a two-day workshop (Re)Presenting American Muslims: Broadening the Conversation to discuss the ways in which American Muslims define themselves, and are defined, in the twenty-first century. The workshop brought together a diverse slate of American Muslim activists, artists, scholars and advocates in a constructive dialogue on a wide range of issues affecting Muslims in the United States. In five sessions over two days, the group addressed challenges regarding the ideas of American Muslim identity and representation while encouraging a discussion of the opportunities and a broader view of the communities encompassed in the umbrella term ‘American Muslims’.... » read more
Sahar Aziz
Legal Fellow
The Obama administration’s recent summit on Countering Violent Extremism perpetuated an age old American tradition – conflating violence abroad with violence at home. As Americans with origins from conflict zones, Muslims are facing the brunt of anxieties arising out of the violence gripping the Middle East. With every news report of a horrendous beheading by ISIS, the image of “the Muslim terrorist” becomes further solidified in the American psyche. This generates unfounded fears of American Muslims as threats to our immediate safety.... » read more
Muqtedar Khan
On January 31, 2014, I spoke at the International Conference on Terrorism in Uskudar, Turkey. The Honorable Metin Kulunk, an AKP parliamentarian and Dr. Serhat Ulagali from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul hosted the conference. The conference discussions were driven by the attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris and on the emergence of Daesh, the violent extremist group now carving out a state out of Iraq and Syria.... » read more
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