Thursday, October 29, 2020   

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Q&A with Islamic studies scholar John L. Esposito
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Q: What made you interested in Islamic-Christian relations?

A: Obviously, I have a strong Christian background. I realized that if we are going to talk about a Judeo-Christian tradition, then we should be talking about a Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition — that there is a connection.




John L. Esposito: Getting It Right About Islam and American Muslims
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There are as many as 6 million to 8 million Muslims living in the United States and contributing to the country as doctors, engineers, artists, actors and professionals, but for a decade many have found themselves and their religion wrongly equated with the acts of terrorists like Osama bin Laden.




John L. Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani: The reality of Islamophobia in America
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There is the world of neoconservative columnists such as The Times’ Jonah Goldberg, who in an Aug. 24 column asserted that the anti-Muslim backlash is mainly a myth. Then there is the world where the rest of us live.




Islamophobia: A Threat to American Values?
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There is no lack of hate speech in the media and in print to empower Islamophobia. The primary focus is often not balanced reporting, or even coverage of positive news about Muslims but on highlighting acts and statements of political and religious extremists.