The Future of Islam/The Crisis of Islamic Civilization

"Osama bin Laden hijacked four airplanes and a religion.” So reads a full-page ad that appeared in the New York Times in October 2001 and contains statements condemning the 9/11 attacks from some of the world’s most prominent Muslim leaders. John Esposito calls attention to the ad as he urges readers to recognize mainstream Islam. Agreeing with Barack Obama that “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition,” he says that we need to distinguish between “moderate or nonviolent activists” and “a dangerous minority of violent extremists and terrorists.”


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