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Imaginary Islamophobic strawmen: Islamic extremism

Welcome back to conversations with an imaginary Islamophobic strawman, in which I address some of the common underlying assumptions I see arising in how we as Westerns talk about Islam.  I call these strawman arguments because I am essentially claiming … Continue reading

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You believe what you believe.

Dear [Jessica]: Since my initial contact with you I have made a sincere effort to learn more – not become an expert – just to learn more so that I might better understand Islam, “average Muslims”, Islamists, and Islamicists. In … Continue reading

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Islamic Imperialism

Lee asked: Hi, Jessica. Was referred to your blog by a local participant in an ongoing argument about Sharia and how it fits in American jurisprudence. I find your opinions fascinating even though a bit biased toward Islam, and in … Continue reading

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Syria and the Arab League, Part Two

So following on from my post last week, Syria rejected the Arab League’s request, and has now been sanctioned by the League.  It looks like, possibly in response, President al-Assad is attempting to reach out to the West, at least … Continue reading

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Islam and the Department of Justice

Okay, I do want to post something about Libya, but I’m going to hold off until next week on the (perhaps ridiculous) hope that we might know a bit more about what’s going on on the ground by then. And, … Continue reading

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Walid Shoebat – What constitutes a terror expert?

Salon.com has come across evidence this week that Walid Shoebat has been paid $5,000 by the Department of Homeland Security to speak at a conference for South Dakota law enforcement. Admittedly, on the grand scale of questionable decisions DHS has … Continue reading

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Senate Hearings and the Umma

Last Friday saw the first Senate hearing on radical Islam.  There are any number of things that could be said about this, much of which has already been said.  While I can appreciate why Senator King and the Department of … Continue reading

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