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In times of terror, such as last week when the Boston Marathon bombings erupted into random attacks of violence by two unidentified suspects, citizens drew conclusions from past events to assume the cultural background of criminals and the reason for their attacks.
Since the World Trade Center towers fell in 2001, almost anything having to do with Islam or the Muslim culture has become an automatic “go-to” for blame. Nervous Americans have turned terms used by Muslims into synonyms for “terrorism.” The question that has to be asked is how is the Muslim community reacting to these anti-Islamic extremists?
Several multicultural and religious clubs on campus assembled to host an event for the Islamic holiday Eid-al-Adha.
While some Muslims around the world violently protest against “Innocence of Muslims” – a 14-minute video posted on YouTube that goes out of its way to offend Muslims and the prophet Muhammad – the question of censorship arises.
After embarrassment, torture and manipulation from governments that have ruled for decades, citizens across the Middle East had one response to this oppression: enough. This sentiment was echoed by the Muslim Student Association in a panel on May 3 in the Campus Center Ballroom.
Jason Neidleman, professor of political science, and Gitty Amini, associate professor of political science, discussed the effects of 9/11 on the liberty and security of society in their lecture on Tuesday.
About 15 students and faculty discussed religion and unity at the Interfaith Student Roundtable for Hope and Peace last week in the Campus Center.
The Campus Center Ballroom was open to all students and faculty looking to have a better understanding of Islam during the Muslim Students Association’s first official event of the spring semester, titled “Islam 101.”
The room smelled of bittersweet Arabic coffee as guests arrived for the Eid Al-Fitr celebration hosted by the Muslim Student Association and the Saudi Student Association on Sept. 22.
Muslims have been the recipients of a multitude of hate in the last few weeks. Protesters have stormed the city of New York in opposition to the construction of a mosque two blocks away from the former World Trade Center.