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Craig Considine
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Dr. Craig Considine is a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent. In the Fall of 2015, Craig will take up a Lecturer position in the Department of Sociology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. As a sociologist, he focuses on Christian-Muslim relations, interfaith studies, identity, race and ethnicity, as well as comparative research and ethnography. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, an MS.c. Lond. In International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a B.A. in International Relations from American University, Washington DC.

Since his undergraduate years, Craig has served in many different academic capacities. He was recently a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin where he was a finalist for the Provost Teaching Award in 2011. In addition to his teaching duties, Considine was Editor of the Trinity College Dublin Journal of Postgraduate Research: Ireland’s Research on the Global Stage, Vol. 11 in 2012 and held the role of Postgraduate Representative on behalf of doctoral and masters students in the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin.

Considine has been invited to lecture, speak, or participate in panel presentations at Princeton University, U.S. Embassy London, Trinity College Dublin, School of Oriental and African Studies, University College Dublin, University College Cork, and the University of Geneva. Prior to arriving at Trinity College, Considine served as the Film Director for Professor Akbar Ahmed’s documentary feature film Journey into America (2009), which was favorably reviewed by the U.S. State Department.

Aside from his academic publishing in peer-review journals and books, Considine is a regular writer for Huffington Post Religion. His opinion editorials have been published by and appeared on the websites of Washington Post, Newsweek, Fox News, Patheos, Express Tribune (Pakistan), Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Today’s Zaman (Turkey), Voice of America, Irish Independent, Kashmir Observer, The American Muslim, Bikya Masr (Egypt), Common Ground News, Islamophobia Today, The Muslim Observer, Loon Watch, Morocco World News, Muslim Village, and Pakistan Link.

Furthermore, media outlets including CNN, Al-Jazeera English, and The Boston Globe have interviewed him, and his work has appeared on the websites of the Council of American Islamic Relations as well as the Iranian Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Entries by Craig Considine

Muslims Aren't A Race, So I Can't Be Racist, Right? Wrong.

(43) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 2:27 PM

"Nonsense." That is what people say when I accuse them of being racist. Their argument goes something like this: "Muslims are not even a race, so how the hell could I even be racist? You're an idiot." Because Muslims are not a race, people believe that any type of violence...

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The Paris Attack and My Racist Facebook 'Friends'

(233) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:46 AM

"Thirty-five people dead in Paris. They don't know what it is yet. Not sure if there were bombs."

That was the text message I received on Friday during my walk home from Rice University.

"Here we go again," I thought...

My first reaction: The media will instantly assume Muslims...

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America as a "Christian Nation" Doesn't Ring Historically True

(215) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:12 PM

"America is a Christian nation" is one of the Christian right's favorite slogans. Consider Ben Carson, a radical Christian and frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He believes that the American nation was founded upon Christian principles. What is worrying is that Carson is not alone in...

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Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is Like Celebrating ISIS

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:00 AM

My elementary school teachers brainwashed me. I am sure they would never admit to it, but it is true. I was taught that Christopher Columbus, the Catholic Italian explorer, discovered a "New World." I -- like millions of other naive American children -- was told that he was...

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The Difference Between "Anti-Islam" Patriots and Real Patriots

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 6:47 PM

Muslims in America are bracing for a wave of anti-Islam mobs outside of their mosques on October 9 and 10. American bigots of various social backgrounds plan to utilize their Second Amendment right and arm themselves with deadly weapons in places where Muslims pray across the U.S. This...

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New Petition Proclaims ISIS Is Guilty of Genocide

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM

ISIS is winning. I say that with the utmost regret, but it is true. Bullets have not stopped it, nor have bombs or ground troops. States around the world have denounced ISIS's radicalism from afar, but words are meaningless without any action. At a time when ISIS enslaves people, a...

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From Catholicism to Atheism to Islam and Back to Catholicism

(25) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:56 AM

It was the late 1990s and the American economy was booming. Money and consumerism were the "new religion." Christians around me seemed to be Christians in name only. Besides having a secular education, I attended Catholic Christian Doctrine once per week from the ages of six to fourteen. I dreaded...

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Christians and Muslims Should Embrace "The Jihad of Jesus"

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 8:01 PM

I turned on the television the other day to hear a Christian American say: "Our enemy is Islam and our enemies are Muslims!" Disturbed by his tone, I shifted to my computer, where I opened the Internet only to see an equally alarming message from a British Muslim: "Islam must...

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The Price I Pay For Respecting Islam

(60) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would become a scholar focusing on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. Growing up, my passion was playing basketball and following the Boston Celtics. I never had any Muslim friends. In fact, I did not even know a single follower of Islam...

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Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad Followed "The Golden Rule"

(475) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:15 PM

Christianity and Islam are often painted as mortal enemies that will be forever fighting in a war for religious supremacy. Christians and Muslims would be wise to remember that Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad are kindred spirits. By turning to their teachings, we can see that these two prophets are...

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Saluting Muslim American Patriots

(63) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 11:05 AM

The so-called "Islamic extremism" spreading across the Middle East has given new life to American patriotism. A YouGov poll from 2013 shows that 44 percent of American citizens question the loyalty that Muslims have to the U.S. The poll showed that older Americans and those who vote Republican...

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A Message to Pakistani Muslims Who Attack My Fellow Christians

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:39 AM

I woke up Sunday to some horrific news. Muslims attacked a Church during mass in Youhanabad, a predominantly Christian-populated area of Lahore, Pakistan. 14 Christians were killed and more than 70 were injured.

Both Christianity and Pakistan are close to my heart. I'm a Catholic American of Irish...

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Why I Admire Muhammad: A Response to Islamophobes

(16) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 9:10 AM

Islamophobes have attacked me because I've written positively about Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. Because I am a Catholic, they consider me to be a heretic and feel that my interfaith activities are sacrilegious. Islam, to these critics, is evil and Muhammad is nothing but a terrorist. I see Muhammad...

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Prophet Muhammad's Example of Anti-Racism

(9) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Relations between different ethnic and religious groups in the Middle East, U.S., and EU are deteriorating at a rapid pace. Across these three areas, Muslims are pitted against non-Muslims and black and brown people are pitted against white. What is needed now more than ever is a role model whose...

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The 8 Most Important Interfaith Monuments in the World

(7) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 9:18 AM

The following short collection lists eight of the most important monuments in the world in terms of interfaith dialogue and interfaith relations. By the term "monument" I refer to a building or structure created to commemorate a person, event, or social bond which has significance in regards to improving relations...

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What Muhammad Would Think of Saudi Arabia's "Leadership"

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 7:43 AM

Leaders worldwide have sent their condolences to Saudi Arabia and its royal family after the passing of King Abdullah. On Twitter, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called him a man of "wisdom" and "vision," while UK Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement praising him...

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No, Erdogan, Muslims Didn't Discover America Either

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 2:29 AM

Tayyip Erdogan, a Turkish politician, recently claimed that Muslims discovered America before Columbus.

It's a pretty stupid statement - "we discovered America" - and one that people and groups continue to make.

Muslims, Columbus, the Vikings, the Chinese, etc. etc., didn't discover America because the land was already...

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

(21) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:01 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 | 12:27 PM

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 | 3:24 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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