Q:Do you consider yourself an "islamaphobe"?
I majored in Religious Studies with a focus on Islamic history and have written extensively for newspapers and magazines about Islamic history and Islamic faith and practice. I have immense respect for Islam and so far as I can remember have never said anything negative about Islam.
This is one of the weirder things that tumblr has started accusing me of, just because my academic life has been so centered around the study of Islam, and because in my writing and videos I’ve so frequently attacked the Islamophobic ideas (the clash of civilizations worldview, etc.) that have done so much damage to American foreign policy in the past 30 years.
Anyway, Happy Eid!!!!
“We’re taught that ‘our’ history is the history of Christianity in Europe, when in fact, ‘our’ history is the story of people on the planet.”
I made this video for people who don’t know much about early Islamic history. I made it because I find it weird and disconcerting that we in the so-called West spend so much time thinking and worrying about the Islamic world—but by and large we don’t spend very much time delving into the history of Islam and understanding the world from which it emerged.
So…yeah. I really think you’re going to learn something this week.