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April 22, 2002
Ranan R. Lurie's April 17 commentary conjecturing the death of Osama bin Laden was not only racist but also naive. First, to speak of some "sword-waving" tradition in the Islamic world as though there was not an equally developed counterpart in our own culture ("axis of evil" ring any bells?) is a blatant attempt to create an "us and them" mentality. Further, likening Bin Laden to an "Islamic mini-god" in the eyes of his followers is sacrilegious (as calling George W. Bush America's "lord and savior" would be)
The Islamic world, split by lingering wounds from the Gulf War and mounting tension in the Persian Gulf, is attempting to unite behind a major new push for military aid to the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina in what many officials see as a new testing ground for Islam and the West.
October 15, 1988 | Associated Press
Leading Islamic spokesmen urged action to counter what they said this week is a widespread impression, fed by foreign news coverage, that Muslims are culturally backward, ignorant fanatics. But concern over anti-Muslim sentiment was barely noted in a communique at the end of a two-day meeting of information ministers from 43 Islamic nations. Their conference was aimed at improving the exchange of news among themselves and breaking down barriers to the non-Islamic world.
December 15, 2002
Re "Anti-Islam Rhetoric Undercuts Moderates," Commentary, Dec. 11: Having traveled to Egypt and Turkey, I know that believing in the Islamic faith does not mean that one is vicious or violent. But such everyday peaceful lives are sadly overshadowed by events like the senseless violence in Nigeria over the Miss World pageant. Until there is a vocal condemnation across the Islamic world of the fringe minority who are filled with ignorance and hate -- of those in the Islamic world who take out of context the words of the Koran -- there will be a justification of those on the other side who deride Islam.
May 28, 1986 | Associated Press
An Islamic scholar and his wife were stabbed to death Tuesday, and the FBI joined the investigation because of the husband's connections to the Arab world, officials said. Ismail Faruqi, 65, and his wife, Lois, 59, an art scholar, were found dead with multiple wounds in their suburban Philadelphia home, police said. Their 27-year-old daughter, Anmar Zein, was seriously wounded.
September 6, 2006
Re "On Israel, kid gloves -- or else," Opinion, Sept. 1 Rosa Brooks makes some valid points in her discussion of how criticism of Israel is sometimes unfairly equated with anti-Semitism. She errs, however, when she states, "Israeli policies are a major source of discord in the Islamic world" and that resentment of those policies fuels "terrorism and instability both in Israel and around the globe." Substitute the phrase "Israel's existence" for "Israeli policies" and she has it right.
September 9, 2006
RE "Bush Film: Original or Outrageous?" by Tina Daunt, Sept. 1: I don't need to see "Death of a President" to know I have a huge problem with the premise of the film. My vote goes in the inappropriate column because the film obviously panders to rabid Bush haters and sends an absolutely screwy message to our enemies in the Islamic world. Many films have been made about the assassination of fictional presidents, and Gabriel Range's choice to depict a current and actual president speaks to a very sick mentality.
December 6, 2002 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Faced with a negative perception of the United States in the Islamic world, President Bush visited a mosque Thursday as his administration sought to deepen support for the international campaign against terrorism. His trip through snowy streets to the Islamic Center of Washington reflected what the White House has presented as a constant theme since the Sept. 11 attacks -- the importance of reaching out to Muslims, made all the more meaningful as the confrontation with Iraq grows more tense.
June 5, 1989 | SHAUL BAKHASH, Shaul Bakhash is a professor of history at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and the author of "The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution." and
The era of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who died in Tehran on Saturday, witnessed a radical reversal in Iran's regional and international role and in many of its foreign policies. Khomeini, claiming spiritual leadership of the Islamic world, believed that he had a special mission: to reinvigorate the Muslim community for confrontation with the two hostile superpowers and an exploitative West. Under Khomeini, Iran's foreign policy underwent dramatic changes. The shah viewed the United States as Iran's closest ally; Khomeini labeled it the "Great Satan" and Iran's principal enemy.
February 10, 2006
Re "What would Muhammad do?" Opinion, Feb. 9 Because Jamil Momand is an educated man, it is difficult to understand how his commentary could be so far off the mark. One does not have to be an authority on Islam to know why so many Muslims are reacting with violence to the cartoons lampooning the prophet Muhammad. Islamic teachings have offered young followers a confused, if not duplicitous, code concerning the use of violence to resolve conflict. Extremist imams and terrorists around the world have seized on these ambiguities to recruit killers.
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