Islam Is Dominated By Radicals

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Islam is dominated by radicals

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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  • Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

    For

    Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

    Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the Author of My Year Inside Radical Islam

  • Paul Marshall

    For

    Paul Marshall

    Senior Fellow in the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute from Freedom House

  • Asra Q. Nomani

    For

    Asra Q. Nomani

    Author, Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam

  • Reza Aslan

    Against

    Reza Aslan

    Internationally Acclaimed Writer and Scholar of Religions

  • Richard Bulliet

    Against

    Richard Bulliet

    Professor of History at Columbia University who specializes in the history of Islamic society and institutions and the history of technology

  • Edina Lekovic

    Against

    Edina Lekovic

    Director of Communications for the Muslim Public Affairs Council

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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

For The Motion

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the Author of My Year Inside Radical Islam

Daveed consults for a number of clients who need to be at the forefront of understanding terrorism, including the Manhattan Institute's Center for Policing Terrorism and law enforcement. Gartenstein-Ross has testified about religious radicalization in prisons before the U.S. Senate, and writes for such publications as Reader's Digest, Middle East Quarterly, and the Wall Street Journal Europe.

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Paul Marshall

For The Motion

Paul Marshall

Senior Fellow in the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute from Freedom House

Paul has held many professorships, is author and editor of twenty-five books on religion and politics, and his writings have been translated into Russian, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian, Japanese, Malay, Korean, Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese. He has also published several hundred articles including in the WashingtonPost, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Commentary, and interviewed on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, BBC, Al-Jazeera and many other outlets.

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Asra Q. Nomani

For The Motion

Asra Q. Nomani

Author, Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam

A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 15 years, is the author of Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam. She is co-director of the Pearl Project, an investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Her activism for women's rights at her mosque in W.V. is the subject of a PBS documentary, The Mosque in Morgantown. She recently published a monograph, Milestones for a Spiritual Jihad: Toward an Islam of Grace.

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Reza Aslan

Against The Motion

Reza Aslan

Internationally Acclaimed Writer and Scholar of Religions

Reza is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy, Middle East Analyst for CBS News and assistant professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is author of the bestselling, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, and the forthcoming, How to Win a Cosmic War (2008). Aslan is also co-founder and creative director of BoomGen Studios and Editorial Executive of Mecca.com, an on-line community for Muslim youth.

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Richard Bulliet

Against The Motion

Richard Bulliet

Professor of History at Columbia University who specializes in the history of Islamic society and institutions and the history of technology

Richard is the author and editor of numerous books, including, The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization, Islam: The View from the Edge and The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century (editor). Bulliet's scholarship is known for innovative use of historical evidence and for radical questioning of the assumed roles that technology, religion and politics play in human society.

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Edina Lekovic

Against The Motion

Edina Lekovic

Director of Communications for the Muslim Public Affairs Council

The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a national public policy organization that works to create inroads for Muslim American political and social engagement. Lekovic acts as a spokesperson for the American Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, and community groups. Lekovic has appeared in national television media, including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and the History Channel. Lekovic has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues.

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  • Comment Link Seref Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:01 posted by Seref

    As a Muslim I tend to agree that today Islam is Dominated by radicals. In fact, this fact alone indicates how peaceful and naive Islam is in the hands of ruthless killers… The Prophet (Pbuh) told to his followers that “Islam started garib and one day it will turn into garib again..”

    “Garip” meaning lonely and away from home… Today, İslam, in the hands of the wrongdoers and radical bloodthirsty fake followers, it really is garib…

    The Prophet Pbuh of this religion was instructing to his followers that “ if Science is in China, go and get it from China…” yet Muslims let alone new discoveries, they are not able to understand current horizons of Science.

    He was saying “those who can sleep in their bed while their neighbour is hungry are not one of us…”

    A muslim poet in 11th century was saying “you think the same for others whatever you the think for yourself , all races one and same to us…” with this universal understanding they had created stellar maps correct to tenth digit while Europe was under inquisition rule…

    In those times there used to be nobody between God and Muslim… nowadays there is a long clergy hierarchy describing you how you should behave… intolerant and strict… does it remind you something?

    Is it possible to explain powerty of the people in the countries of petrodollar rich kings and sheiks within the frame of Prophet pbuh of this religion.? The level of luxury and waste beyond comprehension..

    Nevertheless, Islam is not the only one suffering… Regardless the beliefs or religions of the man today, there is a new God on the block ruling everybody including their religions..

    The name of this new God is “MONEY” , which, once it was created as a simple exchange unit for the trade. Today Money has its own intelligence and servants ruling over and above all Presidents, Kings, Queens, etc.

    Unfortunately this man made God has no conscience… the more of it the lesser the conscience is…

    You should open a new debate on “ Why so called most developed and rich countries has the most effective mass destruction weapons…?”

  • Comment Link Robert Smoot Tuesday, 29 July 2014 23:49 posted by Robert Smoot

    I have read the Quran and Islam from the very words of the Quran provoke violence on anyone who disagrees or says anything but praises on their prophet. This is not a free thinking religion nor will it last in a free thinking and democratic society without trying to modify the rights in that society to protect Islam from free speech or thought. I don't understand why anyone born in a free country or was not born into Islam would ever want to become a member of Islam!

  • Comment Link RH Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:19 posted by RH

    I wonder why those kids in Malaysia thought that people in America all thought they were all terrorists? Who told them that?

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