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Islamophobia: The Right Word for a Real Problem

Islamophobia: The Right Word for a Real Problem

The history of American and European interactions with Muslims around the world is long and complex. Over time, geopolitical events abroad — wars, conflicts over natural resources including land and oil, and domestic...

“Terrorism” in the Republican and Democratic Platforms: What are the Implications?

“Terrorism” in the Republican and Democratic Platforms: What are the Implications?

Near the end of his speech at the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton stated, “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and...

Islamophobia Rising: A Long Week for Muslims Everywhere

Islamophobia Rising: A Long Week for Muslims Everywhere

Islamophobia is more than just nasty insults or vague threats; Islamophobia can kill. “He was a kind-hearted man, very humble, very down to earth.” These are the words of a member of the mosque...

Mental Illness: A Key Factor in “Terror”

Mental Illness: A Key Factor in “Terror”

In the wake of violent attacks in Europe, Senior Faculty Fellow and adjunct professor Engy Abdelkader discusses the role that mental illness plays in terrorism. She notes that a perpetrator’s race or religion...

Pope Francis visits Poland at a tense time for relations between Europe’s Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis visits Poland at a tense time for relations between Europe’s Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis has stated that the ‘world is at war’ following the series of recent terrorist attacks in France and Germany, including the murder of the Catholic priest Jacques Hamel on 26 July....

Americans Are Afraid of Islam. But They Also Buy Lots of Islamic Art.

Americans Are Afraid of Islam. But They Also Buy Lots of Islamic Art.

For many Americans, Islam is a foreign — if not frightening — religion. A majority see Islam as incompatible with American values, and some have even confused algebraic equations with terrorist plots. Prejudice...

Lessons Learned from President Eisenhower’s Mosque Visit 59 Years Ago

Lessons Learned from President Eisenhower’s Mosque Visit 59 Years Ago

Visits to American mosques by sitting U.S. Presidents are a big deal. Only three have ever done so. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to visit a mosque on June 28th, 1957. This...

As Islamophobia Surges, Anti-Muslim Speakers Exploit Fears

As Islamophobia Surges, Anti-Muslim Speakers Exploit Fears

As the election season has set into motion a flurry of anti-Muslim rhetoric, and set off an alarming number of anti-Muslim attacks, another consequence has surfaced in recent months in local boroughs across...

Memories of Muhammad Ali by John L. Esposito

Memories of Muhammad Ali by John L. Esposito

Bridge Initiative Project Director John L. Esposito offers the following reflections on Muhammad Ali and the gracious spirit that characterized several of “The Champ’s” interactions with him over the years. From the...

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