Islam, Muslims, and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict

Islam, Muslims, and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict

Islam, Muslims, and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict

Islam, Muslims, and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict

Synopsis

Islam, Muslims and America gives a sound introduction to the history of Islam's experiences with the West, and the principles of Islamic teachings; and in that context identifies and discusses the reasons for Muslim-West alienation. It highlights both the disconnect between true Islamic beliefs and extremist actions, and the failure of Americans to seek the root causes of the current anti-American trend.

Excerpt

September 11, 2001, changed America. The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center brought home to Americans something they had heard about but never really experienced. It dramatically increased their personal and collective security concerns. Stunned and terrified by the event, Americans were eager to declare war on terrorism and initiate an attack on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. In the aftermath, Washington introduced new laws for combating terrorism; individual rights and personal freedom were cut back, government intrusion into private lives increased, and the economy slowed.

Following 9/11, America started adopting laws and policies that, in the past, have only been associated with undemocratic and autocratic foreign countries. While short-term restrictions and the loss of some freedoms are understandable due to the need to fight terrorism, their long-term application is not a viable solution. No freedom-loving people will ever desire such restrictions to become a part of their daily lives.

Islam, Muslims, and America identifies viable approaches to resolving the conflict between America and Muslims; these solutions lie with various governments, religious organizations, and individual Muslims and Americans. Collectively, they need to remove the root causes of the issues that drive Muslims and Americans apart, and that give Muslims and Americans such a negative view of each other. Unfortunately, after a brief period of self-evaluation, Americans have shown a disinclination to identify and address the root causes of the problems.

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