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Craig Considine
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Native of Needham, Massachusetts. I’m an Irish and Italian Catholic American studying relations between different religious and ethnic groups. At the moment I’m finishing my PhD in the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. My dissertation explores the lived experiences of young Pakistani men in Dublin and Boston.

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The Islamic State Is 'Barbaric,' but What About the U.S. and Israel?

(20) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:01 AM

An Aug. 12 headline from Fox News read "Islamic State's shocking barbarity prompts call for world to act." The sub-heading of the article went on to claim that this "fanatical Islamic group" uses "medieval brutality" and "savagery" against its enemies by severing peoples' heads and mowing down helpless...

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Alabama, Islam and the Founding Fathers' Belief in Religious Tolerance

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:27 AM

Recent comments made by the Chief Justice of Alabama shows that much work needs to be done in educating some of America's most powerful figures on the history of religious tolerance in America, especially as it pertains to Muslims.

Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by...

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Prophet Muhammad's Covenant With Christians to Be Destroyed? The Potential Removal of St. Catherine's Monastery

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:24 PM

In the ancient monastery of Saint Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai in Egypt, there is a covenant of Prophet Muhammad's in which he guarantees protection and other rights to the Christian communities of his realm.

But a retired Egyptian army general says he has filed a court case pushing for...

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The Problem With Banning the Burqa

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:22 PM

When I was recently invited to speak at a debate at Ireland's University College of Cork on banning the burqa, I was a bit hesitant to accept the call to participate. I, for one, am not a woman, nor am I Muslim. Speaking on an issue that focuses...

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Revisiting the Connection Between Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2014 | 3:24 PM

When I published the article -- An Unlikely Connection Between Prophet Muhammad and George Washington -- I had little idea of the impact it would have on Muslims and non-Muslims. The responses to my article varied from people being elated about the comparison to others feeling outraged. While...

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Interview on Scholar's Spiritual Journey Into Islam and the Life of Prophet Muhammad

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:02 PM

This interview with Dr. John Andrew Morrow, Islamic scholar and author of the new book The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World (Angelico Press, 2013), is a follow-up to my review "New Book Sheds Light on Prophet Muhammad's Interfaith Views." In his response,...

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What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

(41) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Muslims worldwide have recently joined together to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. This day is an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims, such as myself - a Catholic - to reflect upon the life and legacy of the prophet of Islam. In this short essay, I want...

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New Book Sheds Light on Prophet Muhammad's Interfaith Views

(11) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:55 PM

No other leader in world history has been more scrutinized and ridiculed than Prophet Muhammad. Since the founding of Islam in 632 AD, Christians and Jews have described the Prophet of Allah as a blasphemer, bigot, terrorist, and pedophile, among other slurs. However, according to a new book The Covenants...

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What Europe's Far-Right Parties Can Learn From Islam

(64) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:27 PM

Today's far-right parties in Europe, such as the National Front in France and the Party for Freedom in Holland, are surging in popularity and calling for legal bans on veils, mosques, minarets, sha'ria, and even the outright expulsion of Muslims from the continent. In short, the far-right perceives Muslims as...

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Guiding Jewish/Muslim Relations Through the Life of Maimonides, the 12th Century Jewish Scholar

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Despite the current state of tension that exists between them, Muslims and Jews have a long history of tolerance and mutual admiration. Perhaps this is no more obvious than in the life of Moses Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher who flourished intellectually and professional under Muslim rule.

Born in...

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Overcoming Historical Amnesia: Muslim Contributions to Civilization

(48) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:52 PM

In his recent article, Sam Harris, a popular critic of Islam, referred to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist, as "the best thing to come out of the Muslim world in 1,000 years." Hidden in this comment is the idea that Malala's fellow Muslims are backward and that...

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A Note to the Muslims Who Attacked Christians in Peshawar, Pakistan

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:09 PM

It is with disgust that I am writing this note on the Muslims who recently attacked two churches in Peshawar, Pakistan, where over 70 Christians were murdered. I want to bring to attention several fundamental points in Islam that completely and utterly denounce hatred or acts of violence...

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How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

(19) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 10:46 AM

In all likelihood, President Barack Obama will soon bomb Syria in the hope of dealing a blow to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. This dangerous act of war is a betrayal of the foreign policy vision of America's Founding Fathers and will only serve to further weaken the U.S.'s floundering...

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U.S. Depleted Uranium as Malicious as Syrian Chemical Weapons

(73) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:55 PM

By this time you have likely heard of the atrocity that recently took place in which over 1,000 Syrian civilians reportedly died at the hands of a chemical weapon attack. Seeing the video and images of dead or helpless Syrian civilians struggling for life reminds me of another terrible weapon...

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Egyptian Muslims Forget Muhammad's Letter to Christian Monks at Mt. Sinai

(110) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 1:35 PM

One issue often discussed on news sites and blogs over the last several days is the many attacks on Egypt's Christian communities. Several outlets have reported that violence by Mohammad Morsi supporters has left dozens of Christian churches, Coptic-owned businesses and properties burnt. Fears of widespread sectarian strife seem to...

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Rumi and Emerson: A Bridge Between the West and the Muslim World

(107) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 6:03 PM

The writings of Jalalud'din Rumi, the 13-century Sufi Muslim philosopher from modern-day Afghanistan, and the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 19-century Christian transcendentalist from Boston, Massachusetts, are filled with lessons that enrich every human soul. Rumi's and Emerson's similar thoughts on religious tolerance, love and care for the soul...

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A New Perspective of 'Jihad' in Christianity and Islam

(134) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Politicians and anti-Muslim activists frequently take to audiences and websites to criticize the term "jihad" as a form of Islamic supremacism, oppression, and violence. Muslim extremists, on the other hand, argue that "jihad" refers to a "holy war" against non-Muslims. Viewing the term "jihad" though these frameworks alone, however, would...

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Honoring David McCourt, a Hero of 9/11

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 5:27 PM

In the winter of 2009, I was in Palm Beach, Florida conducting research for Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America, an anthropological study on American identity through the lens of Muslims. Out of the thousands of interviews we conducted in our year-long travels throughout the U.S., David McCourt, a...

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Letter to Pope Francis on Child Sex Abuse Scandals

(51) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Dear Pope Francis,

I have had the utmost admiration for you. Your new leadership in terms of interfaith relations, especially with Muslims, is such a breath of fresh air. You are such a welcoming leader. We can see it in your beautiful smile. We can see it in your everyday...

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Reclaiming the Beard on Behalf of Christianity

(44) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:24 PM

Cathie Adams, former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, stated recently in her speech "Radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood" that a beard is a sign of a man's Muslim identity.

In the speech, which is posted online by the Far North Dallas Tea Party, Adams can...

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