Special Series: Myth of Islam as Inherently Violent - 2009
by Abed Z. Bhuyan
In this first article in a series on the myth that Islam is inherently violent, high school teacher Abed Z. Bhuyan unpacks the Islamic concept of jihad in light of the recent killing spree at Fort Hood.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 24 November 2009) 
by Maher Y. Abu-Munshar
In this second article in a series on the myth that Islam is inherently violent, Dr. Maher Y. Abu-Munshar, author and Visiting Senior Lecturer to the Department of Islamic History and Civilization at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, sheds light on the contentious Qur'anic verses that have been used to justify attacks on non-Muslims.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 1 December 2009) 
by Leena El-Ali
In this third article in a series on the myth that Islam is inherently violent, Leena El-Ali, Director of Partners in Humanity at Search for Common Ground, examines the frequently misunderstood verses relating to Jews and Christians in the Qur’an and sheds some light on the context.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 8 December 2009) 
by Novriantoni Kahar
Novriantoni Kahar, a lecturer of Islamic Studies in Paramadina University and Programme Manager at the Liberal Islam Network in Jakarta, considers how mainstream Muslim groups, and the democratically elected government, are responding to self-appointed “vice and virtue” squads in Indonesia in this fourth article in a series on the myth that Islam is inherently violent.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 8 December 2009) 
by Naazish YarKhan
Author and NPR commentator Naazish YarKhan explains how certain verses in the Qur'an that have been quoted as advocating violence against women have been taken out of context in this fifth article in a series on the myth that Islam is inherently violent.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 15 December 2009) 
by Muhammad Farooq Khan
In this final article in a series on the myth that Islam is inherently violent, Islamic scholar and television anchor Muhammad Farooq Khan from Pakistan argues against the convoluted religious logic used by terrorists to fight against their perceived oppression by governments or other religious and ethnic groups.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 5 January 2010) 
 
 
 
 
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