A Message to Muslims in the West – John Esposito

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1) Islam ‘in’ the West
2) Clash vs. Dialogue / Similarities: A Source of Conflict?
3) Historical Baggage: The Iranian Revolution
4) Interest in Islam Has Exploded
5) Self-Determination and Self-Criticism
6) Common Social Concerns and Religious Beliefs
7) Shared Ideals, Shared Realities / Muslims Must Reclaim Their Self-Confidence
8) Muslims Must Build Institutions
9) Americanization
10) The Muslim Couch-Potato
11) Muslims Must Accept Open Discussion Within Islam
12) The Immigrant Jewish Community as an Example
13) Knowing Your Own Faith and the Faith of Others
14) The Israel-Palestine Issue
15) Building Institutions Before the Crisis
16) Fanaticism as a Stumbling Block
17) Muslims Must Define How to Live in America
18) Foreign Muslim Views of American Muslims / Suggestion For Non-Muslims Reading the Qur’an
19) Prejudice and Ignorance of Hijab
20) Nation of Islam as an Impetus For Interest
21) Tyrant Leaders Become the Symbol of Their Country
22) Confusion When Comparing Religions? / The Problem: Democracy or Foreign Policy?

An interesting commentary about “Islam in the West” by a very respected and knowledgeable non-Muslim author and professor. His survey of the Muslim community details the post-Iranian Revo lution interest in Islam and the resulting challenges of a perceived “clash” of civilizations. The speaker shares his many observations of the Muslim ummah such as its relationship with the Christian community, “Americanization” of Muslims in the West and the “Muslim Couch-Potato Syndrome”. He also summarizes the challenges faced by Western governments and Islamic activists in the 21st Century. Other topics discussed: The immigrant Jewish community as an example, knowing your own faith and the faith of others, the Israel-Palestine issue, building institutions before the crisis, fanaticism as a stumbling block, foreign Muslim views of American Muslims, suggestions for non-Muslims reading the Qur’an, prejudice and ignorance of the hijab, the Nation of Islam as an impetus of interest, tyrant leaders as a symbol of their country, confusion when comparing religions, and the problem of democracy and foreign policy. This lecture was formerly entitled “Muslim-Christian Relations”.