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.
According to Fahad Arman, writing for the Daily Kos, “the word exists as a stealth slur. It is exists as a piece of coded language.”
Read his entire essay here: ‘Islamist’ As Coded Language.
He points out that there is no parallel term for Christians (Christianist?), and posits that Islamist “actually means ‘Jihadi’, ‘Towelhead’, ‘Hajji’.”
Do you agree with his assessment?
If you’re anywhere in or near Chicago, Illinois, on February 5, 2013, consider scheduling a stop at 5:30 p.m. for a Middle East Forum sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
“Turmoil and Turbulence: Barack Obama and the Middle East 2.0″ is the topic for a presentation including Haleh Esfandiari (pictured), Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Aaron David Miller, Vice President, New Initiatives, and Distinguished Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The discussion is moderated by Rachel Bronson, Vice President, Studies, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
It takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois. Cost for those who are not members of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is $20, and business attire is required.
This program is cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
“Muslims have refused to abide by rules of justice in this country that apply to all others and have been successful in being awarded special rights,” writes Gary R. Welsh in AdvanceIndiana.blogspot.com.
Read the entire article here.
What do you think? Are the requests reasonable?