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

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

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Overview

Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism by Todd Green, Eboo Patel

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506420592
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Todd H. Green teaches religious studies at Luther College and is an internationally recognized expert in Islamophobia. He served as a US State Department adviser on Islamophobia in both the Obama and Trump administrations and is a sought-after speaker, giving lectures on college campuses as well as to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Green's work has been featured in the Huffington Post, and his expertise has been cited by organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for American Progress, the NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. He has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets, including CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera. He is the author of The Fear of Islam.

What People are Saying About This

rabbi and executive director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights - Jill Jacobs

"Todd Green offers a nuanced perspective on the history and place of Muslims in America, and a crucial corrective against the rampant and dangerous stereotyping of this group of fellow Americans."

director of research at Institute for Social Policy and Understanding - Dalia Mogahed

"Essential reading for anyone still asking Muslims to coddle bigots with reassurance. Green makes a clear case for why all people should be afforded the assumption of basic human decency."

director of Duke Islamic Studies Center - Omid Safi

"Strongly recommended for members of the media, policy makers, and anyone interested in interfaith conversations."

author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America - Moustafa Bayoumi

Presumed Guilty is timely, necessary, and an incredibly useful book."

host of The Thom Hartmann Program - Thom Hartmann

"Extraordinarily thought-provoking!"

University of Notre Dame - Ebrahim Moosa

"Presumed Guilty counters the false and damaging narratives of Islamophobia informed by a Christian perspective with clarity and humanity. A must read."

presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - Elizabeth A. Eaton

"Todd Green demonstrates that all of us--as people of different religions and worldviews--are responsible for condemning oppression, violence, and terrorism as detrimental to human flourishing, just peace, and the well-being of creation."