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Of Islam and the Public Square: The Role of the Classroom

Of Islam and the Public Square: The Role of the Classroom

An opinion poll showing 31% of Americans feel safer because of the travel ban placed on seven Muslim-majority countries (since reduced to six)—with another 41% expressing no particular opinion—is reflective of the obscure, if not fearsome, image of Islam in many Americans’ minds. Amid the judicial disputes surrounding the order’s implementation, noteworthy are the “acts of bigotry and hatred,” such as violence against women, offered as justification for why these countries were selected. Not only do such statements present a monolithic picture of a complex and nuanced tradition, they also overlook the fact that similar acts happen here in the United States.