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Moderate Islam

The Gulen Movement Isn't a Cult -- It's One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The target of Erdogan's purge -- the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen -- is not dangerous. It's one of the most moderate and socially constructive organizations in the Muslim world. In attacking it, Erdogan is planting the seeds for his own destruction.

Confusing Jihadism With Internationalism

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I return here to Jean Birnbaum's book, Un silence religieux, which raises a thorny issue and advances debate by highlighting our systematic underestimation of the spiritual element when analyzing jihadism.

What Would A "French Islam" Look Like?

Reuters | Chine Labbé & Gilbert Reilhac | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion

In a classroom of the Catholic University of Paris, overlooking the dome of a 17th century church, three Muslim women from Algeria are poring over ...

The Significance of Sarajevo

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What was the image that crossed the mind of that Muslim president who was doing his utmost to save his people from a bloodbath announced by the Serbs? "We are the Warsaw ghetto," he wrote, "Will the Warsaw ghetto once again be left to die?"

Where Are All the Moderate Christian Voices?

Carl Medearis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Carl Medearis

These folks don't carry much (or any) political clout.  No one in D.C. is listening to them. They don't have the deep pockets or White House access like the older more conservative clan does.  So no one hears their voices.

Arabian Night

Layla Demay | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Layla Demay

The last time I was in Tunisia it was a few months after the fall of Ben Ali, and I wonder how much the country has changed now that a transition government led by the Islamist party Ennahda is in charge.

Tired Of Lowe's? Draft Home Depot To Advertise On All-American Muslim

Frank Fredericks | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

Let us speak, using the power of the free market to demonstrate that stores that choose to single out Muslims will lose in the marketplace of ideas and goods alike.

The Forgotten Liberalism Within Islam

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 09.15.2011 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

Today, in most minds, the words "liberalism" and "Islam" can come together only to form an oxymoron. However, this was not the case a century ago.

American Muslims Deserve Respect

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Butler

We can't achieve the unity we need to effectively fight terrorism if we caricature all stakeholders as either tough guys who confront Islamic terrorists or cowards who coddle them.

Will The Real Moderate Muslims Please Stand Up?

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

The crisis in Egypt has re-ignited the debate of whether moderate Islam is a reality or just a show. In the absence of a unified voice from the Muslim world and with time running out, it seems few have a clear idea.

The Muslim Contribution And Solution To Islamophobia In America

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Asghar

The battle among Muslim progressives and Muslim fundamentalists is a family affair at heart. I've argued to progressive Muslims that the battle needs to be fought within families, beginning with simple candor on the part of progressives.

Blair: Fight Extremist Narrative

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Marshall

Although he was too diplomatic to say so, Blair's call for confronting the extremist narrative head-on challenges current U.S. policy.

Bill Maher's Confusion About Who 'We' and 'They' Are

Omar Baddar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Omar Baddar

Where Maher should be expressing solidarity with progressive Muslims who would stand with him in opposition to violent extremism, he instead alienates them by making a fictitious cultural simplification.

Where Are the Moderate Jewish Voices?

Sara Reef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sara Reef

You would be hard-pressed to find a Jewish text that permits the destruction of a mosque. Rabbis and other moderate voices should use this as a starting point to engage extremist settlers within their own communities.

Rethinking Islamic Reform: Finding Tough Answers the Hard Way

Abbas Barzegar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Abbas Barzegar

In the age of Nidal Hassans and Faisal Shahzads, Tariq Ramadan represents a viable non-violent outlet for the politically disenfranchised and disillusioned Muslim masses.

Anwar Al-Awlaki: The Jim Jones of Islam

Kamran Pasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

Like Jim Jones, a personality cult has formed around Anwar al-Awlaki. There is a word for that kind of personality cult in Islam: idolatry.