Alison Parker, the Human Rights Watch U.S. Program Director, composed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Department of Justice to open an investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance and profiling of Muslims based solely on their religion.
Posts Tagged ‘American Muslims’
Ta-Nehisi Coates comments on the New York Police Department’s profiling of Muslim student populations throughout the northeastern U.S.
Over at the New York Times, Neil MacFarquhar writes about the recently published Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi.
Spencer Ackerman discusses at length the “dozens of pages of recent FBI training material on Islam that Danger Room has acquired,” each one exposing practices and teachings of blatant discrimination, racial profiling, and cultural ignorance.
On September 15, New York University will hold a discussion on “religious freedom, possibilities for reform in Islam, and the paths being taken by American Muslims in the context of a post-9/11 rise in bias against Muslims” with U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Irshad Manji.
Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq have announced round two of their mixed media project “30 Mosques in 30 Days,” an exercise in belief, ritual, community, and personal narrative.
New York Times national religion correspondent Laurie Goodstein has written a bio/exposé piece on Brigitte Gabriel: “Through her books, media appearances and speeches, and her organization, ACT! for America, Ms. Gabriel has become one of the most visible personalities on a circuit of self-appointed terrorism detectors who warn that Muslims pose an enormous danger within United States borders.”
Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs, posts a helpful piece at his blog, The Rubin Report, elucidating the differences and the affinities between Islam and political Islamism, and examining some of the ways in which they’ve been either conflated or unduly separated.
Criticism from counterterror experts targeting President Obama’s recent attempt to curtail the demonization of Islam and Muslims by way of limiting the number of rhetorical references to Islamic radicalism makes the headlines.
Off the cuff is a new feature at The Immanent Frame, in which we pose a question to a handful of leading thinkers and ask for a brief response. Our first question concerns the case of Tariq Ramadan, with responses from Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Mohammed Bamyeh, Richard W. Bulliet, Craig Calhoun, John L. Esposito, Mark Juergensmeyer and Arvind Rajagopal.