Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

CAIR Launches Library Project

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

CAIR Launches Library Project

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced Sept. 9 at the National Press Club a nationwide initiative to educate the American public about Islam and counter anti-Muslim bigotry. Launching a year-long campaign to "Explore Islamic Civilization and Culture," CAIR will distribute books, videos and audio cassettes about Islam and Muslims to some 16,000 public libraries across the country.

The 18-item library package includes the PBS documentary "Islam: Empire of Faith," Prof. John Esposito's The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Jack Shaheen's Reel Bad Arabs, as well as a copy of the Qur'an, and childrens' books.

These educational materials, said Dr. Shaheen, will help dispel myths and perhaps even put a stop to recent attacks on the Islamic faith. Americans do not have accurate information about Islam, Shaheen noted. When Americans read about an IRA attack or some priests abusing children they don't blame the entire religion because they know about Catholicism. If they don't learn about Islam, Shaheen said, Americans may think a lunatic fringe like the 9/11 hijackers represents an entire religion. …

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