Presumed Guilty

Presumed Guilty : Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism

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All of us should condemn terrorism--whether the perpetrators are Muslim extremists, white supremacists, Marxist revolutionaries, or our own government. But it's time for us to stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism under the assumption they are guilty of harboring terrorist sympathies or promoting violence until they prove otherwise. Renowned expert on Islamophobia Todd Green shows us how this line of questioning is riddled with false assumptions that say much more about "us" than "them." Green offers three compelling reasons why we should stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism:1) The question wrongly assumes Islam is the driving force behind terrorism 2) The question ignores the many ways Muslims already condemn terrorism.3) The question diverts attention from unjust Western violence. This book is an invitation for self-examination when it comes to the questions we ask of Muslims and ourselves about violence. It will open the door to asking better questions of our Muslim neighbors, questions based not on the presumption of guilt but on the promise of friendship.
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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 276.69g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1506420591
  • 9781506420592
  • 1,006,288

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Foreword by Eboo Patel Introduction
Part 1: Assuming Islam Is the Cause of Terrorism
1. The True Roots of Terrorism
2. Monitoring, Managing, and Maligning Muslims Part 2: Ignoring Muslims Who Condemn Terrorism
3. Muslims Speak Out
4. Muslims Take Action
Part 3: Diverting Attention from Western Violence
5. The Sins of the Fathers
6. A Written Memorial
7. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story Conclusion: Assuming the Best of Our Muslim Neighbors Suggested Further Reading
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About Todd H. Green

Todd H. Green teaches religious studies at Luther College and is a former U.S. State Department advisor on Islamophobia. He is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets, including CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera. He is the author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press, 2015).
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