The Events of 9/11 and Islam, the Taliban, and Bin Laden

Thirty-seven linked articles (arranged in the following categories) that contribute to understanding the tragedy:
  • Muslim and Arab Responses to 9/11 and Islamic Criticism of Terrorism
  • Afghanistan and Muslim Criticism of the Taliban 
  • Bin Laden and His Muslim Critics 
  • Interreligious, Scholarly, Journalistic, and American Governmental Responses to 9/11 and Beyond

  • Muslim and Arab Responses to 9/11 and Islamic Criticism of Terrorism
    Muslims Condemn Terrorism is a 68 page pdf file containing numerous statements of Muslims who condemned both the events of 9/11 and terrorism in general. Assembled by CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Because it is so large, this document may take a minute to load. (Fixed 24 February 2009.)

    Former President Khatami (and presidential candidate in 2009) of Iran Calls for the Rescue of Religious Discourse from Terrorists at a panel of American interfaith religious leaders convened by the World Conference on Religion and Peace at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, November 13, 2001. (Fixed 24 February 2009.)
    Where Was God on September 11th? by Muslim professor of Religious Studies, Abdulaziz Sachedina, of the University of Virginia. (Link fixed, July 11, 2003)
    A Letter from An Arab-American Poet to Any Would-Be Terrorists by Naomi Shihab Nye. (Link fixed, July 11, 2003)
    American Muslims Condemn Terrorism, the statement of the American Muslim Council and American Muslim Political Coordination Committee.
    Terrorists Are Mass Murderers, Not Martyrs An Interview with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, American Muslim Scholar
    Cat Stevens: "They have hijacked my religion." An article written by the former rock musician, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), October 26, 2001. (Fixed, 24 February 2009.)
    Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam: an article by Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens)
    Yusuf Islam ( Cat Stevens ) Sings the Peace Train and Opposes Terrorism (link fixed 26 February 2006).
    American Muslim Leader and Professor of Islam, Ingrid Mattson states that Muslims must stop violence committed by Muslims against innocent non-Muslims.
    American Muslim Council Supports President Bush’s Campaign Against Terrorism Muslim Voices That Oppose Extremism and Fanaticism, more linked articles from
    Muslims must reclaim Islam from terrorists "Recapturing Islam from the Terrorists:" is an essay by the prominent British Muslim scholar, Professor 'Abd al-Hakim Murad.
    The Current Crisis: Formulating A Response by American Sufi Shaykh and Islamic Scholar Nuh Keller (excerpts from an interview given on 22 October 2001) (Link fixed, July 11, 2003)
    Muslims must declare jihad against Muslim extremists and root them out (link fixed 20 August, 2005), a 60 Minutes discussion with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and others.
    A Time for Introspection (link fixed 20 August, 2005) by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, criticizes Muslims for their failure to prevent the religious climate that gives rise to radical extremists.
    Leading Muslim Scholars Declare the Terrorists of 9/11 Have Deviated from Islam (link fixed 20 August, 2005) A collection of articles compiled by Mas'ud Ahmed Khan.
    Islam and Violence by Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

  • Afghanistan and Muslim Criticism of the Taliban
    American Muslims Respond to the Terrorist Attack: numerous statements of Muslims compiled by the United States Information Agency (USIA).
    The Making of Afghanistan Excellent detailed modern history from the Communist period until today published in the New York Review of Books by Pankaj Mishra.
    Prominent Afghan Mullah Declares that Mullah Omar is the Defender of Killers (link fixed 20 August, 2005) December 9, 2001.
    Muslims Around the World Oppose the Taliban: a number of linked articles at
    Songwriting, The Taliban, and Being a Muslim: A conversation with British Muslim Rock Musician, Richard Thompson. (Fixed, April 6, 2007)

  • Bin Laden and His Muslim Critics
    Bin Laden's Violence is Heresy Against Islam by the British Muslim scholar, 'Abd al-Hakim Murad.
    Leading Canadian Muslim Scholars Reject Bin Laden's Claims of Jihad Against Americans (Link fixed, July 11, 2003)
    Bin Laden distorting Islamic law, say experts, including Vice-President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Ingrid Mattson
    Various Bin Laden Links compiled collectively by American scholars of Islam.

  • Interreligious, Scholarly, Journalistic, and American Governmental Responses to 9/11 and Beyond
    Where The Violence Comes From, by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun, a prominent socially and spiritually conscious Jewish periodical (link fixed 26 February 2006).
    Catholic Bishops and Muslim Leaders Issue Joint Statement on Terrorism by US Conference of Catholic Bishops and leaders of major American Muslim organizations: AMC, ICNA, ISNA, MAS (link fixed 26 February 2006).

    Website of American Scholars of Islam on WTC Bombing, Terrorism, and Afghanistan
    True Jihad After The Tragedy: A Peace Jihad, by Professor Bruce Lawrence, Duke University.
    Scholars Assert that the Qur'an is a Book of Peace--An article in National Geographic Today
    The University of Georgia Responds to the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11 and to the Crisis in Afghanistan.
    Religion is Not the Enemy: Don't Look at Bin Laden and See Islam by Catholic professor of Islamic Law, David Forte, whose writings have influenced various speeches of President Bush.
    Seeking Moderation: Giving the Wahhabis too Much Credit by the journalist Stephen Schwartz, partly refutes Forte's article and asserts that Wahhabi Islam spawns terrorism.
    One Hundred Questions and Answers About Arab Americans: A Journalist's Guide, by the Detroit Free Press.
    Combat Terrorism with More Democracy and Less Poverty (link fixed 20 August, 2005) asserts Secretary of State Colin Powell at the UN.

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