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Mental illness, Islam or revenge?: Understanding terrorism from the Navy Yard to Pakistan to Kenya

Sept. 16, 2013Police personnel near the Navy Yard.Matt McClain / The Washington Post September 2013 has been a cruel month. … Continued

In Greece, a case study on Islam in Europe

June 28, 2012Golden Dawn members give a raised-fist salute as they are sworn into parliament.Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP via Getty … Continued

Mr. Sein goes to Washington: A call for lasting reforms in Myanmar

President Obama shakes hands with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein in the Oval Office May 20, 2013. (AP PHOTO JACQUELYN MARTIN) … Continued

‘How America’s war on terror became a global war on tribal Islam’

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became … Continued

The war on terror and the war for hearts and minds

A few days ago, I had the honor of accompanying former Pakistani Ambassador to Great Britain Akbar Ahmed to the … Continued

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Rohingya, and the Challenge of Faith

AP In this photo taken on Sept. 8, 2012, Muslims gather during a visit by a delegation of American diplomats … Continued

Hope at Lambeth Palace

REUTERS Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, addresses the theology think tank Theos in London on Oct. 1, 2012. The … Continued

Seeking Sikh-Muslim peace

The large Sikh men with long white beards pounded the drums. Sikh men with red, blue, and orange colored turbans … Continued

N.Y. bomb plot: What radicalizes some converts to Islam?

View Photo Gallery: Jose Pimentel of Manhattan is being held in police custody on numerous terrorism-related charges. The case of Jose … Continued

Poetry, faith, and the Muslim soul

By: Frankie Martin For Americans, Islam brings to mind many things, but poetry is rarely among them. Yet the Muslim … Continued

Jews and Muslims: How do we ‘bring the temperature down’?

By Frankie Martin This year has not been an easy one for Jewish-Muslim relations. The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is in … Continued

Is there a case for religious profiling?

By Elizabeth Tenety Asra Nomani, the Muslim writer and activist known for her unconventional thinking on religious issues (see her … Continued

Exposing the infrastructure of anti-Muslim hate

By Frankie Martin The dismissal of Juan Williams’ from NPR once again exposes the difficulty America is having discussing Islam … Continued

Sarah Palin, citing Juan Williams’ firing, says it’s time to ‘defund’ NPR

By Elizabeth Tenety Sarah Palin is campaigning again, today calling out NPR for firing Juan Williams for his controversial comments … Continued

Juan Williams fired from NPR for comments about Muslims

By Elizabeth Tenety type=”text/javascript” > The Washington Post’s Debbi Wilgoren and Paul Farhi reported Thursday: Veteran journalist Juan Williams was … Continued

An appeal by an Islamic scholar to Grand Ayatollah Khāmene’i of Iran

The following is a personal appeal by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseyni … Continued

Give us our tolerance back!

By Bram Groen As a Dutchman living in the United States, I always feel a sense of pride hearing Americans … Continued

Who represents American Muslims? No one

By Farhana Qazi The Ground Zero madness is not an either-or proposition, or at least it should not be viewed … Continued

The burden of being a young American Muslim

By Hailey Woldt A group of children leaving a Bridgeport, Connecticut mosque last week, as reported by the Connecticut Post, … Continued

A spiritual journey across America

By C. Naseer Ahmad Professor Akbar Ahmed’s remarkable book “Journey Into America- The Challenge of Islam” inspired my recent journey … Continued