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Qanta Ahmed

Qanta Ahmed is an author at Religion News Service.

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COMMENTARY: Don’t surrender Islam to the Islamists

By Qanta Ahmed — September 5, 2013
(RNS) “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”   This was the Islamist poem quoted by the mayor of Istanbul, Turkey, in December 1997. Charged with using inflammatory speech, he was ejected from office and sentenced to jail by the Ankara High Court. Today, […]

COMMENTARY: The Gods of Globalization

By Qanta Ahmed — April 30, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) In this uncertain and anxiety-charged world, we either take comfort in the traditional figures of our religions […]

COMMENTARY: Dialogue with Danny

By Qanta Ahmed — October 30, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) I have never seen _ nor do I intend to ever see _ the video of the […]

COMMENTARY: Mississippi Muslims

By Qanta Ahmed — October 23, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) I would not recommend traveling in the United States on Sept. 11, especially if your […]

COMMENTARY: Trumping Realpolitik

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author of“ Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) Nietzsche, if he were alive today, would be aghast. He had proclaimed the death of God a […]

COMMENTARY: Scholarship About Islam in America

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is the author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) When the White House recently nominated Daniel Pipes for an appointment at the United […]

COMMENTARY: The Clash of History

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, is author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) When American troops entered Kandahar, Afghanistan, on a routine visit in the late summer of 2003, […]

COMMENTARY: On the Hazards of Being a Muslim in the United States

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and professor of international relations at American University in Washington, D.C., is author of “Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society” published by Routledge.). (UNDATED) The White House was concerned enough about the manner in which the […]

COMMENTARY: Between Hope and Despair: Living as a Muslim in the United States

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) If you appear in the U.S. media with a Muslim name like mine, you live suspended between […]

COMMENTARY: Wolpert’s Passion

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. is author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) India and Pakistan rarely see eye-to-eye on anything, least of all on the founding fathers […]

COMMENTARY: The White Mughals

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. is author of most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) Something of Don Quixote lives in each one of us which encourages us to […]

COMMENTARY: The Perfect Christmas Gift

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) Had Bishop John Chane been present when I received his Christmas card, I would have […]

COMMENTARY: My Town’s Bishop Really Rocks!

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) Sept. 11 challenged every American in different ways. For Christians the challenge was perhaps even […]

COMMENTARY: America and the Muslim World: Beyond the Crisis in the Gulf

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Akbar S. Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press). (UNDATED) With U.S. troops now in Baghdad, the war with […]

COMMENTARY: `Why Do They Hate Us?’

By Qanta Ahmed — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) Two years after Sept. 11, 2001, the question “Why do they hate us?” is once […]
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