Islam In America

Islam In America

America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” is the topic for a Middle East Forum at 5:30 p.m. February 26, 2013.

Sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the discussion takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The Honorable Daniel C. Kurtzer (pictured), Lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, will speak.

Nearly two decades after Rabin and Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians remains elusive. The latest Israeli-Hamas conflict, the new Palestinian status at the UN, and the 2013 Israeli parliamentary elections are some of the latest developments to impact peace prospects. Offering insight from his extensive career in the Middle East, Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer argues that it is time for America to once again make a serious effort to advance Arab-Israeli peace. As President Obama begins his second term, what role should American diplomacy have in resolving this conflict?

His latest book, Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

Fee is $20, and business attire is required. To register, go online.

Report: U.S. Muslim Terrorism Was Practically Nil in 2012

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s no surprise to us: “Terrorist incidents from American Muslims is on the decline for the third straight year.”

“Only 14 people out of a population of millions were indicted for their involvement in violent terrorist plots in 2012, a decline from 2011′s 21. The plots themselves hit the single digits last year.”

And, you’ll note, that’s INDICTED, not convicted.

Read the entire article by Spencer Ackerman online.

‘No contradiction in being a proud American and a proud Muslim’

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“There is absolutely no contradiction between being a proud American and a proud Muslim,” notes Farah A. Pandith (pictured), United States’ Special Representative to Muslim Communities.

“Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of expression. As an extension, freedom of religion has come to become one of the most treasured American values.

“From the time of our founding fathers all the way to President Barack Obama, they have talked about Islam and Muslims with great respect. Islam is part of America and it has added to the rich history of our country.

“President Obama has said very clearly that American-Muslims are a part of the fabric of America. He has talked about the fact that there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s only ‘we’. So there’s no contradiction.”

This excerpt is from an interview with Ms. Pandith in MuscatDaily.com. Read the rest of it here.

Finding Mecca in America

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Are Muslims at home in America? And, is America at ease with Muslims?

Mucahit Bilici investigates these questions in his new book, Finding Mecca in America: How Islam is Becoming an American Religion (The University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Among his conclusions: “If you want to make Islam part of America, you have to make America (and its religious diversity) part of Islam.”

Read the entire article from MuscatDaily.com here.

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