For Studying Islam and the Diverse
Perspectives of Muslims
Information for the study of Islam,
Qur'an, hadith, the Sunnah, Shi'ism and
Heterodox Movements Sufism and Sufi Poetry
Islam in the modern
Islam, jihad, Islamist or extremist Muslims,
Islam in Iraq,
Islamic art, architecture, music, as well as Islamic
Arabic and other Islamic languages such as Persian, and religion in general.
Maymester Program Abroad, 2013 APPLY NOW! Places still
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discusses this Islamic
Studies website October 31, 2001 (offline Jan.
2010); but it is available for subscribers to the Chronicle of Higher Education at Georgia
Professor's Web Site on Islam Attracts New Attention After
Attacks by Brock Read. An unofficial copy can be found at
Georgia Professor's Web Site on Islam
Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think A free online hour long film based on Gallup
Muslims around the world.
Fear, Inc., The
Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America This is a well-documented 130 page report in pdf format issued in August, 2011. It identifies
the major individuals and organizations that are funding the current campaign against Islam in the U.S. media.
Crusaders Make Millions Spreading Fear by Bob Smietana, published in
the Tennessean.Com, Oct. 24, 2010. This is part one of a Pulitzer
quality expose of the merchants of bigotry who are making millions
anti-Muslim hatred in the US.
A Threat to American Values" by John L. Esposito, Prof. at
Georgetown University, August 10, 2010.
Islamophobia an on-line book that is a collection of articles by a
variety of Jewish and Muslim authors, this was first
published in The Palestine-Israel
Journal. It is about time that people started pointing out the
similarities of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Suicide Bombing and Terrorism Shaykh Tahir al-Qadri, a leading
Muslim cleric, unequivocally declares that suicide bombing and terrorism
are crimes and violations of Islam and that those who commit such acts
are no longer Muslims. See the presentation
of the fatwa.
a New Beginning President Obama's historic speach on American-Muslim
relations, delivered in Cairo, June 4, 2009 (transcript). See and listen
to the Video of
President Obama's speech on America and
names White House lawyer Rashad Hussain as US envoy to the Organization
of the Islamic Conference a global organization of Muslim nations.
(Feb. 13, 2010)
The 500 Most
Influential Muslims (2009 first edition), an
online and in print publication by professors John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin.
Where are the voices of the Moderate Muslim Majority? Where are Moderate Muslim Voices? Here they are:
for Countering Islamophobia, Anti-Islamic Hysteria, and Polemics
against Muslims Now that
anti-Muslim hatred is becoming increasingly acceptable and demonizing
lies about Islam are routinely taken as truth, anyone who does not want
to see the condition of Muslims in America turn into that of the
Japanese in the US during WWII or even that of Jews in Nazi Germany
should carefully read the numerous articles at this link compiled by
at The American Muslim. See also Islamophobia A-Z (actually separated into two
parts) Islamophobia A-L; and Islamophobia L-Z.
Reservist in Florida attacks Greek Priest whom he
thought was an Arab Terrorist Anti-Islamic hate propaganda bearing
more fruit! (from youtube)
General Holder's Speech to the Anti-Defamation
League Likening Anti-Semitism to Anti-Islamic Bigotry October 17,
A 21st Century
Blood-Libel Against Muslims Numerous Anti-Islamic Anti-Semites are
now accusing today's Muslims of advocating that apostates should be put
to death. This article, by Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq, with support from
over 100 notable Islamic scholars throughout history, shows
such a claim to be false.
Peace Prize Winner, Ahtisaari, Calls for Obama to Focus
on Bringing About a Just Peace between Palestinians and Israelis by
Doug Mellgren and Karl Ritter, 10
Should Americans be afraid of Islam?
Does the Qur'an Urge
Muslims to Fight Americans? Among the tactics used by those who
opposed president-elect Obama in a smear campaign during the 2008
presidential election was a one-two punch of (a) attempting to convince
Americans that Obama was a Muslim sympathizer or secretly a Muslim and
(b) a vicious anti-Islamic (anti-Semitic-like) media blitz reminiscent
of the pre-Holocaust propaganda against the Jews orchestrated by Hitler.
One aspect of this media blitz involved taking a number of Qur'anic
verses out of historical context (which ironically is also what the
criminals of al-Qaeda do) as proof for the supposedly inherently violent
and anti-Christian nature of Islam. The article linked here shows
Jewish and Christian readers that
just as the world can assume that Judaism and Christianity do not demand
that their adherents take the Bible as a manifesto for
turning the world into an eye-for-eye,
kill-everyone-but-believers slugfest, so too Islam does not demand
inhumane and murderous treatment of Christians and Jews.
Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream a 2007
Pew Research Center study that, among other things, showed that one-third of all Muslim Americans in the previous year alone were
"verbally harassed, physically threatened, or treated with suspicion because of their faith."
President Praises Saudi King in The Washington Post, November
Majority of Muslims Oppose Terrorism and are Moderates as
demonstrated by a huge worldwide Gallup poll. (February 27, 2008; fixed
November 19, 2008)
Myths About Terrorism and the Middle East
by Richard Clarke, former presidential advisor on counter-terrorism;
October, 2007. (Scroll down slightly to read his keynote speech to the
Middle East Institute's 61st annual conference.)
Clerics Declare 'Terrorism
is Un-Islamic', a statement issued by a massive conference of Muslim scholars of Darul Uloom. Terrorism
is against the principles of Islam is a video of their declaration. (February 27, 2008)
was Hell-Bent on Iraq War-states British Envoy an MSNBC article by
the Associated Press, Nov. 27, 2009.
Report of the Iraq Study
Group An historic non-partisan report of a commission headed by senior American statesmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton that
was released on December 6, 2006 after eight months of work.
It was based on extensive study of Iraqi opinion, the regional political
reality, the reality of America's
allies, and the American political reality. It should be taken as a roadmap to
peace by all rational people both in the U.S. and throughout the world.
The War for
Islam by Reza Aslan (a prominent Muslim author) discusses how Usama Bin Laden, like Martin Luther
for Christianity, is trying to wrest authority from traditional Muslim scholars. (Boston Globe,
Sept. 10, 2006)
Call for a Moratorium
on the Major Penalties in Islamic Law issued by Tariq Ramadan, a leading Muslim scholar, in 2005. (Fixed
November 19, 2008.)
Muslim scholars condemn terrorist acts, by Brittany Sterrett,
Washington File, July 21, 2005 (fixed Nov. 22, 2008).
Scholars Ban Killings in the Name
of Islam Report on the First International Islamic Conference, Amman, Jordan (AlJazeera, July 7,
2005); for a more complete account see a
more complete account in the Middle East Times by Sana Abdallah,
July 7, 2005.
Clerics Urge Iraqis to Join Security Force by Sinan
Salaheddin, Associated Press, April 1, 2005. (Fixed Nov. 22, 2008.)
Clerics Issue Fatwa Against Bin Laden
by Geoff Pingree and Lisa Abend, March 11, 2005 (link fixed 26 December 2005).
Annan and Seyyed Hussein Nasr on Islamophobia
Video/Audio) The first 37
minutes consist of a webcast of their talks during the UN
seminar "Confronting Islamophobia: Education for Tolerance and
Understanding" held at the United Nations on December 7, 2004.
Kofi Annan is the Secretary General of the United Nations and
Seyyed Hussein Nasr is one of the most significant professors of
Islamic Studies. There is a written
summary of the these two
talks and others on the UN website.
scholar in Yemen successful in Using the Qur'an to convince
their folly by James Brandon, originally titled
"Koranic Duels Ease Terror" (Christian Science Monitor, February
US is behaving as if every Sunni [in Iraq] is a terrorist' by Ghaith
Abdul-Ahad in the Guardian, January 26, 2005.
PLO Demands End to Armed Attacks [against Israel] BBC,
January 16, 2005 (link fixed 22 Nov. 2008).
Sudan, Southern Rebels End 21-Year War Reuters, January 9, 2005 (link fixed 26 December 2005).
and Muslim Journalists Widely Condemn Extremist Muslim Acts of
Terror from MEMRI, Special Dispatch Series #780 (Sept. 8,
against Truth by Uri Avnery, one of Israel's leading peace
activists. This pdf document consists of 101 points that can both
the walls of extremist Israeli and Palestinian propaganda
as well as provide a
just foundation for a peaceful future. (Alive as of Nov. 22, 2008; if
it doesn't work, it may appear on the 2nd try.)
and Al Qaeda, America and the KKK by Michael Wolfe
(Beliefnet.com; June 28, 2004)
In order to see through the fog covering the mainstream media's
reporting on Iraq, go to Professor Juan
Cole's Blog at the
University of Michigan.
The Qur'an and
Qur'anic Interpretation (tafsir)
Muhammad: His Life and Sayings
Sunni Islam: Faith
and Theology (Iman and Kalam)
Law (Shari'ah and Madh'habs)
Sufis, Sufi Orders, and Sufi Poetry: Islamic Psychology, Sprituality,
Modern World, and the West: contemporary topics
and Women's Rights
Terrorism, and Peace in Islam
Islam in each
county of the Muslim World
Today, including Maps and Populations
Philosophy and Scientific
Music and Musicians, Architecture, and Images
from the World of Islam
Study Abroad, Arabic Books, Other
Questions, Terms, Bibliographies,
Comprehensive Sites for Islam, and Islamic Bookstores
Islamic Studies, Middle East,
Other Area Studies, Academic Journals
"Islam and Islamic Studies Resources" is the website of Professor
of the Department of Religion at
University of Georgia
(2002) website of Dr. Alan Godlas, Professor, University of Georgia.
This website is administered through the
Virtual Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Islamic World (VCISIW)
The Arabic word islam literally means surrender,
implying surrender to God. And a muslim, literally, is one who is
surrendering; more specifically, one who is surrendering to God. Muslims
believe both that islam is the quintessence of the spiritual impulse
present in the earliest humans and that, as "Islam," it is the name of
the religious form revealed by God to Muhammad beginning in the year 610
CE. Those who follow this particular religion are called Muslims.
At the core of this website are short introductory essays
on various aspects of Islam containing numerous annotated links. Regarded
by scholars as the most comprehensive academic website on Islam, this website
was nominated as one of top five websites worldwide in the category of
"spirituality" for the year 2002 Webby
Awards, (link fixed, Nov. 2004) which are the equivalent of
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Among the other nominees in "spirituality" were the Vatican's website and
Beliefnet (a commercial interfaith website that won the award). The Webby
nominees and winners are selected by members of the International Academy
of Digital Arts and Sciences. For a discussion of the Webbys and this website
the Winner is ... Islam or the Vatican? in the Athens Banner-Herald,
June 16, 2002.
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A unique website focusing on Islam in modern Iraq and on the major
Muslim groups in Iraq: Arab Shi'ites, Arab Sunnis, and Kurds.
PBS Presents: Muhammad,
Legacy of a Prophet: The Life Story of the Man Who Lives
in the Hearts and Minds of American Muslims. To date, simply the best
film for gaining an understanding of mainstream Islam in the US.
Bush Takes on Christian
Right Over Anti-Islam Words. by Randall Mikkelsen (Nov. 13, 2002) (Link fixed Jan. 31,
manipula el Islam ( en Español )Dr. Godlas addresses the issue
of Islam and terrorism in this article based on his views by Venezuelan
journalist, Pedro Pablo Peñaloza. (July 9, 2003)
Things Everyone Needs to Know about Islam (link fixed 23
by Professor John Esposito, Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian
Understanding at Georgetown University
A Primer Harvard professor Roy Mottahedeh's lecture on Islam
to a group of distinguished American journalists--the link includes extensive
discussion. Jay Tolson, of US News & World Report, contributed a short
essay as well. Sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center (Washington,
D.C.). The seminar took place in January 2002 but this was posted on September
With Churches About Islam
by Professor John Kaltner, an expert on the comparative study of the
Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an, who spent many years affiliated with the Catholic
Including statistics about world Muslim populations, Muslim nations,
Muslim communities, and refugees.
A Mosaic not a Monolith by Vartan Gregorian, Ph.D., the
President of the Carnegie Corporation. This lengthy and detailed
essay, written sometime after Sept. 11, 2001, is a survey of
Islamic history, culminating in an excellent
overview of the major issues facing Islam today. It became a published
book (2003) that at least one reviewer Prof.
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