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Posted at 6:03 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Book cites danger of U.S. anti-Muslim prejudice

By Jeff Stein

A leading Muslim scholar who holds distinguished academic chairs at the U.S. Naval Academy and American University says prejudice against darker-skinned people in the United States is driving Pakistani youths here into the arms of terrorists.

Akbar Ahmed, who also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Britain, says in a new book that “homegrown terrorism is the result of a combination of factors.”

“Muslim Americans feel discriminated against and misunderstood by their fellow Americans,” says Ahmed, whose team of five researchers spent over a year interviewing Muslims and non-Muslims in 75 U.S. cities.

His book, “Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam,” will be published in June, according to an announcement from American University.

“There is a definitive lack of understanding about the Muslim culture in the United States,” Ahmed said in a press release from A.U. “This leads to various forms of discrimination, thus leaving many Muslim Americans feeling ostracized and frustrated.”

It is urgent, he maintains, that American leaders, including prominent Muslims, address the issue, “to prevent another 9/11.”

“By ignoring these types of issues, American leaders are turning their backs to the root of what causes such tragedies as 9/11,” Ahmed said.

“If we do not gain a clear understanding as to why these issues continue to persist, the relationship with Muslims living in the United States and their American neighbors will only continue to weaken the already fragile tinder box that exists.”

By Jeff Stein  | May 21, 2010; 6:03 PM ET
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What a naive article. Muslims play the victim card, and Stein comes running. Islam was the reason for 911, just as it was the Barbary Coast Wars. Islam is a religion of war, that allows lying, and rape. It is no better than Nazism, and it should of never been allowed to be practiced here in the first place.

For more on the issue.

Posted by: Christopher3 | May 22, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Jeff, anytime you want to debate me on Islam, just show up on my site.


Posted by: Christopher3 | May 22, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The drivel of apologism for the Islamic jihad against the western world never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by: john_bruckner | May 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for once again giving a complete view of a very complex area.

You must excuse the name-calling by those who demonstrate their palpable fear.

Your ability to bring forth a sometimes contrarian view is truly a service to the men and women who serve this great country.

Nice to know you go about name-calling especially about Nazism and then talk about a religion not being allowed to be practiced here. I don't know if you have the education to even understand that...umm...rapturous hypocrisy.

The really is a sad display but thanks for going on the record with your salute to your national social policy.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou81 | May 25, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

No da. American citizens have been terrorizing other American citizens for years because of the color of their skin. The KKK is just as dangerous a terrorist organization as Al Qaeda. The government only gets involved when certain Americans are being terrorized. In fact the FBI use to harass Black activist back in the 60's and stuff. Imagine that, getting terrorized for defending yourself from terror. Now of course bad things aren't real so you make what you want of all this.

Posted by: RobertCurleyJacobs | May 28, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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