It’s one of the fastest growing religions in the world, it’s been around since the seventh century, and it is regularly in the news—often associated with atrocities committed by its most militant members (the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the Boko Haram kidnapping of 300 girls come to mind). How can we understand Islam in the twenty-first century?
I appreciate that people would like to know about Islam, but the common approach is to make it simple, to boil Islam down. But we’re talking about 1.6 billion people; we’re talking about many different countries; we’re talking about many different stripes and divisions within the religion (there are extremists, liberal moderates, and middle-of-road traditionalists). So, being able to sort it all out easily is difficult.
That being said, the articles and podcasts here are intended as jumping off points for coming to grips with Islam in the world today, particularly as it relates to America in these post-9/11 years.
“World Religions: The Prophet and the Son of God” (article)
“Islam and the Middle East Crisis” (article)
America and Islam
“Is America Really the ‘Great Satan’?” (article)
“Reflective Thinking: The War on Terror” (podcast)
“America and Islam: Is America Islamophobic?” (podcast)
“America and Islam: Coming to Grips with Islam” (podcast)
“9/11 Truthers Steal Al Qaeda’s Thunder” (podcast)