Islam

Stop Saying “Moderate Muslims.” You're Only Empowering Islamophobes.
June 25, 2014

Diversity within religions is just as important to America as the diversity of religions.

Conservatives Claim That Moderate Muslims Are "Irrelevant" Because of Extremists. How Ironic.
June 19, 2014

The right's Islam critique brilliantly captures the dilemma facing the conservative movement in America today.

Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
A candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. In the 18th century, not the 21st.
April 25, 2014

In the smear campaign before the U.S. presidential election, a candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. The time was the 18th century, not the 21st.

Islamic Fundamentalists vs the Missionary Position
January 22, 2014

The best 9/11 novel is a comic one

Fox News Warns of Invading Muslim Schoolgirls Bent on Swim Classes
December 03, 2013

If you have ever tuned in to Fox News and seen Heather Nauert on the air, you have probably also registered surprise that she is able to string an entire sentence together. But not only can she talk—she can also read.

An Obnoxious Atheist Insulted Islam, and This is What Happened
August 12, 2013

Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist and troublemaker, has caused quite a stir with something he tweeted (and subsequently deleted) last week. "All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge," he wrote.

The Pathetic Dispute Over Islam and Homophobia
A defense of religion turns incoherent
May 21, 2013

A religiously-tinged argument for tolerance, like many others before it, eventually makes a case against the faith it is ostensibly promoting.

Desperate Dictatorship
September 14, 2011

Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival By Maziar Bahari with Aimee Molloy (Random House, 356 pp., $27) Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran - A Journey Behind the Headlines By Scott Peterson (Simon & Schuster, 732 pp., $32) After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successor By Saïd Amir Arjomand (Oxford University Press, 268 pp., $24.95) Political Islam, Iran, And the Enlightenment: Philosophies of Hope and Despair By Ali Mirsepassi (Cambridge University Press, 230 pp., $85)  I. For the regime in Iran, opacity in politics, dissimulation in discourse, and the obfuscation

Look Who’s Talking
March 03, 2011

The current wave of democratic uprisings in the Middle East is a welcome development. But it will almost certainly empower long-suppressed political parties inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood. That movement—whose slogan reads, in part, “Koran is our law; Jihad is our way”—presents several urgent challenges for American policymakers: How can political parties that seek Islamic law through holy struggle be cajoled and pressured to respect the rules of democratic politics? Is political Islam even compatible with open, civil societies?

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