Malaysia – a Muslim-majority country that has the potential to join Turkey and Indonesia in the nascent league of Muslim democracies – has been undergoing a particularly nasty struggle recently, one that has pitted democratic forces against autocratic ones, and clean politics against corruption. With Anwar once again posing a very real threat to the old regime’s entrenched power, fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, a crime that carries a maximum prison sentence of ... » read more
By fully understanding the diverse field of political Islam and effectively engaging nonviolent Islamists in a constructive dialogue, Washington can craft a multi-faceted approach prioritizing the demobilization of violent Islamists and applying a principled pragmatic strategy in urging Muslim majority countries to adopt democratic reforms.
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Spirituality and religious ritual offer comfort and solace to hospital patients and their families. Chaplains employed by hospitals are often expected to minister to non-Judeo-Christian faith groups; as the Muslim community in the United States is aging, the need for Muslim chaplains and for better training of chaplains becomes more urgent. In Wahiba Abu-Ras’s seminal study, Chaplaincy Services for Muslim Patients in New York City Hospitals: Assessing Needs, Barriers, a ... » read more
Opposition to mosque-building did not begin with the furor over the Islamic center intended for lower Manhattan, but that event demonstrated the increased vitriol against Muslims building or expanding their houses of worship. ISPU Fellow Kathleen E. Foley's report "Not in Our Neighborhood: Managing Opposition to Mosque Construction" describes the RLUIPA laws relating to land use and development for religious communities; using three case studies, she offers examples for simplifying the process for both the applicants and the municipal board members hearing the cases. The report makes recommendations for sound practices and training before proposals are heard, advises municipal boards and related parties on how best to shepherd proposals, and gives basic information about Muslim practice as it applies to building and land use. ... » read more
Mosque-building in America has been contentious for as long as it has occurred -- communities familiar with opposition during mid-to-late 20th century building projects may be surprised to find that land use laws now specifically protect religious groups from racist or xenophobic exclusion from neighborhoods. ISPU Fellow Kathleen E. Foley's report Building Mosques in America: Strategies for Securing Municipal Approvals uses case studies to demonstrate successful building and development. ... » read more