On the Tran­scul­tural Islam Research Net­work, an inter­view with Sahar Amer, whose book, What Is Veil­ing?, was pub­lished by The Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina Press in Sep­tem­ber of this year. I found this pas­sage par­tic­u­larly inter­est­ing: CR: Through­out your exten­sive research on the topic, have you found that veil­ing is more a product …

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Reza Aslan is respond­ing here to this rant by Bill Maher: It’s impor­tant to point out that Maher is right: Mus­lims who engage in offen­sive practices—whether they are indi­vid­u­als, gov­ern­ments, or groups like ISIS—should not get a pass just because they are Mus­lim and peo­ple are afraid to crit­i­cize them for fear of …

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Well, if you’re a K–12 teacher and you believe the stu­dent is at all cred­i­ble (or maybe her cred­i­bil­ity doesn’t mat­ter), you have very spe­cific report­ing require­ments, and there are pro­to­cols for that report­ing that you have to fol­low, and there are indi­vid­u­als and agen­cies that will–all else being equal–respond …

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When Some­one is Dri­ven to Mur­der, Where Does the Respon­si­bil­ity Lie? It’s been a very long time since some­one called me a bleeding-heart lib­eral, a label that was never com­pli­men­tary and always car­ried with it a con­no­ta­tion not sim­ply of weak­ness, but of cow­ardice as well. To be called a bleeding-heart …

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I have been fas­ci­nated by metaphor since I was an under­grad­u­ate lin­guis­tics major, when one of my pro­fes­sors assigned parts of Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff and Mark John­son. In that book, Lakoff and John­son argue that, as human beings, we use metaphor to give struc­ture to the …

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