Extremist attacks at home and abroad have heightened fears about radical Islam and the fanned the flames of anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. How are Muslim Americans responding? How does American society bridge the growing divide? And what happens when people respond with compassion instead of hate?
Here’s my work on Islamophobia, the forces that drive it, and the people who face it every day.
All stories were published in The Christian Science Monitor.
Buoyed by both the Black Lives Matter movement and growing calls for safe spaces on campus, Muslim student groups across the country are pushing back against anti-Islamic sentiment.
Why are non-Muslim women wearing the hijab? (Dec. 17, 2015)
A professor who posted photos of herself in a headscarf in a show of solidarity with Muslim women was placed on administrative leave. Other non-Muslims are also donning the hijab. Some applaud the gesture, others say it appears reductionist or antifeminist.
How Muslims are using social media to reclaim their faith (Nov. 25, 2015)
‘I heard you wanted us to start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself,’ a young Muslim woman wrote in a Facebook post addressed to Donald Trump. ‘I chose the peace sign because it represents my #Islam.’
Amid anti-Muslim backlash in US, a call for compassion (Nov. 18, 2015)
Following the attacks in Paris, anti-Islamic sentiment has surged in the US. But some are pushing a message of compassion and courage.