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If Trump Wants To Win In The Muslim World, He Needs To Know This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 03.08.2017 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized that a central focus of his administration will be to wipe the so-called Islamic State “from the face of ...

Khizr Khan and the Presidential Election Mark a Muslim Moment in American History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

Contrary to the famous poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty that calls out to the world, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses year...

To Prevent More Attacks Like Nice, We Must Integrate Muslims, Not Simply Bomb ISIS

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

The lesson from yet another attack in France is this: Europe needs to change its approach to terrorism -- and fast.

We Need to Bridge the Divide Between Jews and Muslims Now More Than Ever

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

In American politics, we are witnessing a startling escalation of religious, ethnic and racial discrimination and divisiveness that is quickly racing down a slippery slope. Before our civilization goes over the brink, we must stop, step back and address these fundamental questions of humanity.

Taking the Temperature of Trump's America

Patrick Burnett | Posted 03.04.2017 | Religion
Patrick Burnett

Despite the increase in threats both perceived and real against American Muslims, I witnessed firsthand my Muslim professor venture into the field in a Southern town rife with political tensions.

Obama’s First U.S. Mosque Visit Came Late, But Still Means A Lot, Says Top Islamic Scholar

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 02.04.2016 | Home

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque as commander in chief. In an impassioned speech to Muslims at the Islamic S...

Life as a Pakistani Student in Europe Isn't the Same as It Used to Be in My Time

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 12.30.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

As I reflect on the events of this past year and my recent journey studying Islam across Europe, a continent I had come to decades before as a young Pakistani student, I cannot help but think of the dramatic changes in the perception and position of young Muslims in the West.

We Can Avoid Another Paris and Defeat ISIS If We Remember This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.18.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

While bombers and aircraft carriers need to do their stuff, the problem of terrorist-related violence will not be solved by force alone. President Hollande must also engage with his alienated Muslim community with the same determination he has shown in attacking ISIS and win them over.

Jewish-Muslim Relations: For European Peace, the Siblings Can and Must Make Amends

Patrick Burnett | Posted 11.18.2016 | Religion
Patrick Burnett

The Abrahamic faiths can come together. It has happened in history -- Andalusia was, on balance, a time of true interfaith harmony. It happens today in friendships between top scholars and leaders of Judaism and Islam. And it can happen on a global scale.

Aga Khan: We Should Understand Our Differences, Not Erase Them

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Aga Khan is no stranger to Harvard. But 60 years ago when he walked the crisscrossed paths of the university’s gated Yard be...

As China Awakens, America -- And Pakistan -- Should Take Note

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 07.30.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

BEIJING -- "When China wakes, she will shake the world." Napoleon's famous comment on China has had China-watchers scratching their heads for two centuries as to what exactly he meant. The answer may be tied to Xi Jinping's vision of the future of China.

Some Right-Wing Europeans Say Islam Hasn't Contributed to Western Culture. Here's Why They're Wrong.

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

The savage beheadings and disgusting treatment of women and minorities confirm in the minds of many that Islam is incompatible with Western civilization. This has become a widely known, and even unthinkingly accepted, proposition. But is it correct?

What Europe Should Learn From Bosnia

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

Europe today is witnessing a major crisis concerning its Muslim communities, one which is already beginning to reveal its troubling global implications. Bosnians have lessons for our troubled world.

To Combat the 'New Anti-Semitism,' Europe's Jews and Muslims Must Work Together

Harrison Akins | Posted 06.22.2015 | Home
Harrison Akins

Jews and Muslims should not be working against each other, but with each other to promote their common interests and rights as religious minorities in Europe, particularly with the rise of right-wing parties across the continent.

In Pakistan, We're Not So Different From You

Amineh Hoti | Posted 05.23.2015 | Home
Amineh Hoti

LAHORE, Pakistan -- I write from a country where people like you and I live with our families -- loving grandparents, self-sacrificing parents with babies, innocent children and know-it-all teenagers. Where we search for tools of peace-building to heal our fractured but shared world.

To Understand Europe's Immigration Crisis, Listen to the Voiceless ‘Illegals'

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 04.22.2015 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

The thawing -- or re-humanizing -- of Ahmedu as we got to know each other was a testament to the power of the human spirit. Yet, to too many in the West a young man like Ahmedu represents an Islamic threat in which Muslims are hell-bent on re-conquering parts of Europe to impose an Islamic caliphate. As for the argument that immigrants simply mean more recruits for terrorists, not once did Ahmedu mention words like sharia or jihad. But for the right-wing movements growing exponentially across Europe, this would not matter.

Why Right Now Is a Crucial Time for Islam in Europe

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 03.10.2015 | Home
Akbar Ahmed

What happened in France was shocking and tragic, but not entirely surprising. Considering the various incidents happening at the same time across Europe, it is not difficult to conclude that the issue of Muslims in Europe will pose a huge challenge to society, including the question of law and order, in the coming time. Dealing with it is a matter of top priority.

A Challenge For The Media To Counter 'Burn The Quran Day'

Craig Considine | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Many people feel that the media plays a significant role in escalating tension between Americans and Muslims around the world. Giving coverage to One Film 9/11 is an opportunity for the media to prove their critics wrong.

Bostonians Will Transcend Fear After Marathon Bombings

Craig Considine | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Our strength as Bostonians comes in our diversity. We should embrace our fellow Muslim Bostonians, not fear them.

Building Bridges at the U.S. Embassy in London

Craig Considine | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed's "Journey into America," which I had the privilege of directing, documents our travels across the length and breadth of the U.S. If there is one person in the world today that could ease the conflict between America and the Muslim world, it is Amb. Ahmed.

'One Film 9/11' Can Make A Difference

Craig Considine | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Craig Considine

We learned through "Innocence of Muslims" that one film can make a difference in the way Americans and Muslims perceive each other. Now is the time for another film to make a difference -- for the better.

Poetry From All Religious Traditions Is A Panacea In Our Troubled World

Manjula Kumar | Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion
Manjula Kumar

Walking in the footsteps of great Sufi poets Dr. Ahmed expresses "primal emotions that are universal." His poetry touches the heart and soul while reflecting on the past with memories of the partition of India.

HuffPost Religion Round-Up: July 24-31

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.30.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Religious Arrests, the Green Buddha, Ramadan Resources, Hindu Service, Identity Fundamentalism, and the Best NASCAR Prayer Ever - It has been a busy week on HuffPost Religion

One Reason Americans Think Muslims Want to Stone Them

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Retired Gen. Boykin believes Islam shouldn't be given First Amendment protections. I listen to a lot of talk radio, and ideas like his ooze out all the time. So I interviewed an expert on Islam to offer a countervailing view.

Why Was Osama Bin Laden Buried at Sea?

The Huffington Post | Tim Stenovec | Posted 07.03.2011 | Home

Just hours after he was killed in a United States-led operation, Osama bin Laden’s lifeless body -- bathed, wrapped in a sheet and placed in a weig...