Dalia Mogahed: What it's like to be Muslim in America
Dalia Mogahed - Muslim studies scholar
Researcher and pollster Dalia Mogahed is an author, advisor and consultant who studies Muslim communities. Full bio
I don't really blame you.
has been portraying
about Islam and Muslims is negative.
say that most don't know a Muslim.
to their Uber drivers.
who have never met a Muslim,
because baby, I wasn't born this way.
like some of my friends,
the hijab, my head covering.
a feminist declaration of independence
and unattainable standard of beauty.
the faith of my parents.
and questioned and doubted
it was not love at first sight.
reading of the Quran.
sometimes moves me to tears.
I feel that God knows me.
completely understands you
after getting married,
the Egyptian-American dream.
of September, 2001.
exactly where you were that morning.
and see the words "Breaking News."
airplanes flying into buildings,
had turned me from a citizen
across Middle America
to start grad school.
in the passenger seat
afraid for anyone to know I was a Muslim.
that night in a new town
a completely different world.
and seeing and reading
"Be alert," "Be aware,"
congregate for worship.
"Don't go that first Friday,
about attacks on Muslims,
to be Muslim, being pulled out
who attacked our country
at the terrorists.
all the time isn't easy.
saying things like,
and it's called Muslims.
and close down mosques.
kind of like we're a tumor
are we malignant or benign?
you extract altogether,
you just keep under surveillance.
because it's the wrong question.
aren't a tumor in the body of America,
going to make America safer?
is actually linked
of people of other faiths
in the Washington, DC area
get radicalized at mosques.
or bedroom, in front of a computer.
about the radicalization process
from their community,
can brainwash them
the terrorists, are the true Muslims,
their behavior and ideology
going to the mosque.
Islam is a violent religion.
bases its brutality on the Quran.
as a human being,
to stop a group like ISIS.
to their narrative
of a faith of 1.6 billion people.
their ideology on their holy book.
they're not motivated
read these things into the scripture.
told me a story that really took me aback.
of going to join ISIS.
with a radical religious leader?
was quite the opposite,
talked to had shut her down
her sense of injustice in the world,
and make sense of this anger,
back to God and to her community.
instead, he gave her constructive ways
prevented her from going to join ISIS.
affects me and my family.
affect the health of our democracy,
several studies in neuroscience --
at least three things happen.
were exposed to news stories
of military attacks on Muslim countries
of American Muslims.
anti-Muslim sentiment spiked
and during two election cycles.
the natural response to Muslim terrorism
of public manipulation,
of a free society,
and well-informed citizens.
in the coal mine.
is harming us all.
to explain yourself all the time.
were a young married couple
talented, promising ...
that he was the sweetest,
and he showed her his resume,
become such an accomplished young man?"
to her brother and his new wife,
who was visiting for the afternoon,
on his Facebook page.
it can even be lethal.
or did we play it safe and stay home?
a small decision, but to us,
we wanted to leave for our kids:
our religion freely.
intensely, to the mosque.
I walked into the prayer hall
but to stand in solidarity with us.
courage and compassion
at this time of fear and bigotry?
you seem to have struck a chord.
who might argue
don't let this stage distract you,
around the world --
the largest study ever done
like an exception to the rule,
About the speaker:Dalia Mogahed - Muslim studies scholar
Researcher and pollster Dalia Mogahed is an author, advisor and consultant who studies Muslim communities.
Why you should listen
As director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Dalia Mogahed keeps her finger on the pulse of the Muslim world. She served on Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009, advising the president on how faith-based organizations can help government solve persistent social problems.
Mogahed is a former director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where her surveys of Muslim opinion skewered myths and stereotypes while illuminating the varied attitudes of Muslims toward politics, religion, and gender issues. Her 2008 book with John Esposito, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, outlines these surprising findings.
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