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.

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Why This Christian Is An "Islamic Apologist"

(16) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 6:12 PM

Leftist. Liberal. Progressive. Communist. People hurl these terms at me on an hourly basis via social media. They are overused and misused so much that they no longer have any meaning to me. I do not self-identify myself with any of these labels. Placing me into these categories is nonsense....

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لماذا يدرس هذا المسيحي الإسلام؟

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 4:41 PM

يسألني الناس عادة: "لماذا تدرس الإسلام طالما أنت مسيحي؟"

وأجيبهم كالتالي: لدي جوعٌ وشغف بكل شيء يحمل في طياته معنى، أنّى وجد هذا المعنى وحيث كان، لا آبه إن كان مكانه الصحراء العربية أم قرية صغيرة في فرنسا، فكل ما أريده أن أبني جسوراً بين عوالمنا المرئية عبر صناعة المعاني،...

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Why This Christian Studies Islam

(8) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 2:42 PM

People often ask me, "Why do you study Islam if you are a Christian?"

Here is my answer:

I am hungry for meaning, wherever it might be found. I do not care if it is in a desert of Arabia or a small village in France. I want to bridge...

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Dear America - Check Your Christian Privilege

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 9:58 AM

A few months ago, when I was teaching Sociology of Religion at Rice University, the topic of Ted Cruz and Christian privilege came up in our classroom. In response to questions about his commitment to conservatism, Cruz stated: "I'm a Christian first, American second, conservative third and Republican...

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Hate Group in Texas Threatens to Kill Muslims -- And Nobody Asks Where the Group Was Radicalized

(19) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 1:30 PM

Where were they radicalized?

That's the question we should be asking.

An extremist group of white, presumably Christian men in Texas are training against a non-existent Islamic "uprising" by dipping their bullets in pig's blood and bacon grease to target Muslims. The fact that consumption of pork is forbidden in...

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Even After Death, People Fear Muslims

(11) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:49 PM

Desiree Moninski walks on land located across from her house in Dudley, Mass., which is the site of a proposed Muslim cemetery, a project vigorously opposed by area residents. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

My grandfather, Joseph Tedesco, passed away when I was 15 years old. I remember his burial...

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The Other Al-Andalus -- When Muslims and Christians Flourished Side By Side in Sicily

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 3:26 PM

I sometimes think about the glories of "Islamic Spain," or Al-Andalus. Starting around 711 and ending in 1492, Muslim rulers maintained a spirit of convivencia, a Spanish term meaning "living in togetherness" or "coexistence", which allowed for an unprecedented level of interfaith engagement on the European continent. While Al-Andalus may...

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Who Is 'Islam'? Questions for Trump and His Islamophobic Followers

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 8:53 AM

Speaking last night to Anderson Cooper of CNN, Donald Trump went on record stating, "I think Islam hates us". This comment by the Republican candidate caught me off guard. In my ten years of studying the Islamic tradition, I have never felt the need to ponder the question, Who is...

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Pluralism and the Najran Christians: How Prophet Muhammad Went Beyond Tolerance

(33) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 9:12 AM

Last week I gave a presentation in front of a group of undergraduate and postgraduate students at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The title of my lecture was "Religious Pluralism in Islam: Analyzing Prophet Muhammad's Covenants with Christians". The Prezi is available here. As is the case with...

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Why a Christian Can View Muhammad As A Prophet

(149) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 10:14 AM

As an advocate of interfaith dialogue, particularly between Christians and Muslims, I'm often faced with the issue of conversion. People ask me, "If you admire Prophet Muhammad so much, why don't you convert to Islam? Why don't you accept him as "the seal"? I see these questions popping...

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It's Time For A Million Man March in Solidarity With Muslims

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 3:14 PM

My fellow Americans,

With Islamophobia rising in the U.S. and with Donald Trump promoting Hitler-esque policies towards Muslims, we must make a strong stand. The time is ripe for Americans of all backgrounds to join in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors. It's time for a million man march...

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What Trump and His Supporters Can Learn From Muslim Leaders

(9) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 10:44 AM

Support for Donald Trump is surging across the United States. This is particularly troubling because in recent weeks, he has called for banning Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, spying on Muslims, making Muslims carry ID badges, and a few other blatantly Islamophobic things. It's like Hitler, American-style. Clearly,...

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Why White Men Are "Gunmen" and Muslim Men Are "Terrorists"

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:28 PM

"Racial grammar." It's not a word you hear every day in the U.S.A. That's a shame because racial grammar explains a lot about race relations in America, especially in light of the Muslim versus non-Muslim binary. Muslims aren't a race, it's true, but that doesn't mean that Muslims don't face...

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Trump and ISIS Like To Use Torture. Washington and Muhammad Did Not.

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Donald Trump recently told the world that he would absolutely use torture if he were the next President of the U.S. Actually, he stated that he would "approve more than that."

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Donald Trump, the "going beyond torture" candidate for President.

Whenever...

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

(133) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:27 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'

(224) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 8:46 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

(217) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 3:12 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

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:00 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 | 5:47 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 | 8:02 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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