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Dr. Craig Michael Considine (Irish: Carrig Micheál MacConsáidín) was born on June 10, 1985 in Newton, Massachusetts. His undergraduate and graduate years were spent in Washington, DC, London, and Dublin. From 2010 to 2014, Considine worked towards a PhD in Sociology and was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin. While at Trinity he completed his doctoral dissertation titled, “Family, Religion, and Identity in the Pakistan Diaspora: The Lived Experiences of Young First- and Second-Generation Pakistani Muslim and Non-Muslim Men in Dublin and Boston.” He received a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin in 2015. Considine is of Irish and Italian ancestry. He currently resides in his hometown of Needham, Massachusetts.

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The Price I Pay For Respecting Islam

(56) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 10:29 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"

(480) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 2:15 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

(64) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 10:05 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 | 9:39 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 | 8:10 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 | 2:21 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 | 8:18 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 | 6:43 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 | 1:29 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 | 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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