Islamaphobia

8 articles tagged as Islamaphobia

Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, published by Norton, is a new anthology of (obviously) Middle Eastern literature. Here, the anthology’s editor, Reza Aslan, is interviewed on The Colbert Report. My favorite line is when Aslan says: “In all the secret Muslim gatherings that we have where we discuss how to bring down democracy, we’ve decided that it’s going to be through art.” The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / …

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In the first post of this title, which I had not intended to make a series, I wrote about the parallels between the rhetoric used to protest the building of the Muslim community center in downtown Manhattan–I am not sure anymore whether the project goes by Park51 or Cordoba House–and the rhetoric used to protest the building of synagogues in the 18th and 19th centuries after Jews were finally granted the right to worship in …

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According to an article by Steven Greenhouse in The New York Times, that’s around 25% of the 3,386 religious discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the year ending September 30, 2009–an awful lot considering that Muslims make up less than 2% of the population in the United States. It’s also 20% more complaints than were filed by Muslims in 2008 and 60% more than in 2005. The complaints allege harassment …

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Or at least that’s what Frank Rich, citing Salon’s Justin Elliott, wrote in his August 22 op-ed column, “How Fox Betrayed Petraeus.” (You can find links if you click through to the whole column.) We owe thanks to Justin Elliott of Salon for the single most revealing account of this controversy’s evolution. He reports that there was zero reaction to the “ground zero mosque” from the front-line right or anyone else except marginal bloggers when …

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The poet Kazim Ali posted this to his Facebook page, saying that he thought it “had to be a myth,” and that is what it sounds like at first, but the Dove World Outreach Center is indeed inviting people to burn a Quran on September 11, 2010. It’s easy to dismiss this as quackery, as not worth giving the attention that it got through CNN’s coverage, but the truth is that if we don’t pay …

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From an August 11th article by Jonathan D. Sarna published on The Jewish Daily Forward’s website: When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood on Governors Island, in sight of the Statue of Liberty, and forcefully defended the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, he expressly made a point of distancing himself from an earlier leader of the city: Peter Stuyvesant, who understood the relationship between religion …

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I first read about the ADL’s statement supporting those who would stop the building of Cordoba House, a Muslim community center modeled on the YM/YWHA’s and CA’s you can find all over New York City over at The Debate Link. In reading the statement, I was struck by these two paragraphs: However, there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site.  We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell …

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