John Esposito

Stories by John Esposito

Tony Blair misreads Muslim terrorism

This photo released by the FBI shows who the FBI was calling Suspect No. 1, in black cap, and Suspect … Continued

Peter King’s hearings: Islamophobia draped in the American flag

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) heads the House Homeland Security Committee. (Washington Post) Representative Peter King, Chair of the House Homeland … Continued

Time to walk the talk in Mideast

By John L. Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani The toppling of the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak and new dawn … Continued

Is Islam a primary driver or cause of terrorism?

Islam, like all world religions, neither supports nor requires illegitimate violence. The Quran does not advocate or condone terrorism. To … Continued

Why don’t women have more rights in Muslim countries?

No one should be complacent about the condition of women in many Muslim (or many Western) societies. Americans certainly are … Continued

Answering ‘Will Muslims impose Shariah?’

One of the frequent battle cries raised by those who warn that Muslims want to overwhelm the West is that … Continued

Ramadan, translated

Ramadan is not only the beginning of a month-long fast but of a special spiritual cycle of months within which … Continued

Do Muslims have equal rights?

By John Esposito In recent weeks, Republican politics and attempts across America to block the building of mosques have underscored … Continued

“Where there are Muslims, there are problems”

The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque planned for construction near Ground … Continued

Violent ‘Muslims’ distort the tradition

What should we call terrorists, some of whom claim to be motivated by their religion? Can one be an Islamic … Continued

Influential Pakistani cleric issues fatwa against terrorism

An influential Pakistani cleric issued a 600-page fatwa on March 2, described as an “absolute” condemnation of terrorism without “any … Continued

Exploring the future of Islam

My new book, “The Future of Islam,” seeks to understand the struggle for reform in Islam, sometimes described as a … Continued

Media bias begins at Fox

Q: Is there widespread media bias against Christianity? Against evangelicals such as Brit Hume and Sarah Palin? Against public figures … Continued

Muslim pluralism problems

Recent attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt and firebomb attacks on churches in Malaysia have raised major concerns about deteriorating … Continued

Islamophobia comes to Switzerland

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

Religious leaders should have no extra influence

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Major faiths no threat to U.S.

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Rush to judgment: Media reporting or making the news?

In the immediate aftermath of the breaking-news of the massacre at Fort Hood, a shocked nation and media scurried to … Continued

A Global Agenda for Change in Muslim-Christian Relations

The just-completed Georgetown’s Common Word conference, Oct. 7-8, occurs at a time when the need for serious engagement and cooperation … Continued

Islamists and the Future of Democracy in the Arab World

The continued detention in Egypt of Dr. Abdel Moneim Abou Fatouh, prominent professional, Muslim Brotherhood leader, and moderate voice for … Continued