Hussein Rashid is an author at Religion News Service.
Islam scholar Bernard Lewis’ legacy of disdain for Muslims
(RNS) — Lewis understood Muslims as violent by nature, irrational, abusive toward women, lacking in culture. He could not conceive of Muslims in the context of modernity.
Trump supporters think my life is worth less than theirs
(RNS) People may not have had racist intent in their voting, but the result is racist.
Why was Muhammad Ali the greatest? He had a clear moral vision
(RNS) His religious identity was new to the American public, but he did with it what many believers have done — offered a voice of moral clarity and urgency to the issues of the day.
An American Muslim’s prayer: Forget love, let’s just be civil (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) As an American Muslim, I want people to stop hating me, but I am not looking for someone to love me.
Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) to view the assault as simply about images of Muhammad is to accept a long-standing narrative about Muslim sensitivity to portrayals of Muhammad, which plays into conceptions of Muslims as superstitious savages.
‘Serial’ whodunit shows how perceptions of Muslims have changed (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) At one point in our history, a prosecutor could argue that an outwardly observant Muslim was unlikely to kill someone. Changing political realities have altered that logic.
Why the post-racial label only perpetuates racism (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Racism is not about racists. It is about power that is directed against marginalized groups to keep them marginalized.
Why Peter Kassig was the Islamic State’s greatest threat (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Peter Kassig, also known as Abdul-Rahman Kassig, showed that Muslims and non-Muslims are more invested in the care of Muslims than the Islamic State.
The delicate politics of school holidays (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Inclusion on the school calendar is an important symbol of belonging. Muslims want to be part of that narrative as well.