by HEATH BROWN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JANUARY 26, 2016:
Deepa Iyer is the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press, 2015). Iyer is Senior Fellow at Center for Social Inclusion and was Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade prior.
Drawing on professional experiences in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and years leading a national advocacy organization, Iyer weaves personal anecdotes, excellent elite interviews, and policy recommendations into We Too Sing America. She calls out the organized anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political movement in the country and calls for mobilized political action by South Asians to resist these threats. Scholars and policy practitioners interested in immigrant rights will enjoy this new book. Continue reading →
President Obama is a Christian. The persistent belief that he is a Muslim highlights the significance of Islamophobia in the United States today. The implication, of course, is that a Muslim should not be President. Continue reading →
Asifa Quraishi-Landes: What is Sharia and Is it Creepy?
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by ASIFA QURAISHI-LANDES for ISLAMIC MONTHLY:
If you believe Newt Gingrich, sharia is a mortal threat to Western civilization and to American rule of law because “stealth jihadists” are manipulating our legal system so sharia can creep in, slowly and steadily eroding our secular laws until sharia has overtaken the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.1 The Republican presidential hopeful is not the only one to warn of the threat of “creeping sharia” in the United States. Several conservative politicians, bloggers and commentators2argue that sharia, not violent jihad, is America’s wartime enemy since 9/11 and that the fight against it is “the civil rights struggle of the 21st century.”3