Perceptions of Islam: What’s behind negative characterizations of Muslims?

American Muslims are making authentic efforts to interweave their religious beliefs with American culture, but these efforts are undermined by broad-brush portrayals of all Muslims as either incapable of rational discourse or, worse, nothing more than the enemy. [Read more…]

Education: The other Islam controversy in NYC

The campaign for school holidays for Muslim students in New York City may actually be detrimental to religious freedom by creating an all or nothing conflict – either recognize all holidays or none – that is most likely to result in the recognition of none. [Read more…]

Religious liberty: How can we view Muslims as Americans?

The latest outbreaks of paranoia and anti-Muslim sentiment around the construction of new mosques, particularly the one proposed in lower Manhattan, is propelling American society down the same road it has traveled many times before, to its own detriment. [Read more…]

Pakistan's Facebook ban: Protecting the violent?

Pakistan’s recent censoring of Facebook in response to an “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day” campaign is deeply flawed, protecting the wrong party and providing the wrong incentives. It appeases, rather than controls, extremists and gives them license to react violently. [Read more…]

Indonesia: Restricting free religious expression

Instead of penalizing the speaker in order to prevent violence, as Indonesia has just done by upholding a blasphemy law, potentially violent actors should be compelled to regulate their own behavior, even – indeed especially – in the face of insults. [Read more…]

Book "Memories of Muhammad": What would Muhammad do?

Omid Safi’s book Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters digs back into memories of Muhammad in order to revive the larger message of socially conscious action, the traditions constructed around it, and the call to embrace Islam through refined character. [Read more…]