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…]

Education: A motor of change for Saudi Arabia

A new university in Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, represents a small step in the direction of religious and racial diversity for the conservative kingdom. [Read more…]

Book "Homeland Insecurity": The focal point of cross-cultural dialogue

Louise Cainkar’s new book Homeland Insecurity argues that 9/11 created an environment in which hostility toward Muslims could thrive and their political and social exclusion could be legitimated by both the government and nativist Americans. [Read more…]

First Amendment rights: Extremism? Or religious belief?

As long as speech is not directly connected with imminent, violent action, for those who sincerely believe that what they are preaching is part of their faith, having to curtail it for no other reason than the threat of prosecution is an infringement of their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. [Read more…]

Pluralism: Why “tolerance” is not enough

For Muslims, dealing with pluralism will require creative re-interpretation of their scriptural sources and re-evaluation of their historical experiences. Mere “tolerance” is not enough; Muslims should unite with people of other religions and work toward the common goal of justice. [Read more…]