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Juan Williams’ defense of “Muslim killed us on 9/11" is outright bigotry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay M. Safi   
Oct 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Did NPR hastily fire Juan Williams over his remarks on Fox News about getting “worried” and “nervous” when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes, as many of his defenders have argued?

Williams asserted in a statement he published today on Fox News website that he was not a bigot and denied that his statement is bigoted. Listening to his overall exchange with Bill O’Reilly one can agree with his assertion but not his denial.

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Interfaith Dialogue a Moral Duty to Finding Common Ground PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Feb 13, 2008 at 04:00 PM

Extreme voices in the three religions that claim the monotheist heritage of Prophet Abraham--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--are busy sowing the seeds of confrontation and hate. They have recently taken the advantage of the politically rooted tensions between western and Middle Eastern countries to develop misunderstanding and mistrust among the followers of these religions.

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Intricate Transition: From Moon Sighting to Astronomical Calculation* PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Nov 11, 2006 at 02:00 PM

[This article is a condensed summary of a scholarly paper entitled "Reading, Sighting, and Calculating." Please click here to view the full paper]

The Fiqh Council of North America's ruling in favor of using astronomical calculations for determining the beginning of the Muslim lunar month provoked a strong response, and the American Muslim community continues to be divided over this issue. Scholars on the two sides of the divide present arguments rooted in Islamic traditions, and often support their views by citing the same Qur'anic and Prophetic sources, or by referring to statements by early Muslim scholars.

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Gender Politics - ISNA's First Female President PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Sep 16, 2006 at 02:00 PM

The recent election of Ingrid Mattson to the presidency of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was received with great enthusiasm by the North American Muslim community and the public at large. Her election was seen as a sign of maturation, and as a vindication of Islam's respect of women's rights and contemporary Muslims' ability to overcome cultural traditions and rise to the level of the high moral demands of Islam.

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The Politics and Morality of Apostasy* PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Mar 30, 2006 at 09:47 AM

[This article is a summary of a longer paper, whose url is provided below]
The issue of apostasy under Islamic Law (shari'ah) brought recently to public attention in the widely publicized case of the conversion of an Afghan citizen raises troubling questions regarding freedom of religion and interfaith relations. The Afghan state's prosecution of an Afghan man who converted to Christianity in 1990 while working for a Christian non-governmental raises in the mind of many the question of the compatibility of Islam with plural democracy and freedom of religion. Although state court dropped the case under intense outside pressure, the compatibility issue has not been resolved because the judge invoked insanity as the basis for dismissing the case.

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