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Juan Cole: Terrorism and the other Religions
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by Juan Cole (Informed Comment)

Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States.

MotherJones: Herman Cain’s Go-To Historian on the Muslim World: Destroy Islam
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By Tim Murphy

Now that Herman Cain is officially a front-runner for the Republican nomination, the vetting process has picked up in a hurry.

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy & Akbar Ahmed: Islamophobia’s Implications for the United States
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The fact is that we live in a world alongside one and a half billion Muslims, and regardless of the desire of some on the fringes of society, our Muslim neighbors are not going anywhere.

Eboo Patel: From 9/11 to Jan. 25: America’s Changing View of Islam
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A few years ago I did a cable television interview on the youth bulge in majority-Muslim countries. It’s a huge group, I told the anchor, and they have the potential to make a really positive contribution to the world.

Ziad J. Asali, M.D.: Honesty and Hypocrisy in Facing Terrorism
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The murderous bomb attacks against Christian communities in Egypt and Iraq have been roundly condemned by most political and religious leaders, commentators and public opinion in the Arab world.

Madeleine Albright: Islam and the West: Reaching Intercultural Understanding
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The signatories below and I welcome the many initiatives that are underway among governments, in civil society, and within the religious community to expand areas of cooperation between the Muslim community and other actors.

It’s the Occupation, Stupid
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Glenn Greenwald, citing the work of University of Chicago scholar Robert Pape, describes how it is the United States’ occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq as well as America’s support for tyrannies in the Middle East that have led to an upsurge of terrorism.

Rashad Hussain Under Fire from Right-wing Bails on OIC
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Rashad Hussain was appointed by President Barack Hussein Obama to be the United States’ second Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). After he was appointed he became the subject of much scrutiny and anti-Muslim rhetoric from right-wing Islamophobes. He was called every name in the book.

Islamophobia is shallow in U.S. but deep in Europe: professor
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Muqtedar, an associate professor at the University of Delaware who teaches Arab and Middle Eastern politics, politics of development, globalization, and Islam in world affairs, made the remarks in an email interview with the Tehran Times on Sunday.

Guardian reports on the Murfreesboro mosque hysteria
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Now she finds herself accused of being a front for Islamic Jihad, of planning to impose sharia law on her neighbours, and of threatening the very existence of Christianity in Tennessee.