The veiled Iranian proprietor of the restaurant lavished us with multiple courses of soup, salad, kabobs and rice, yogurt sodas, and flaky dessert pastries. With each her successive courses, the conversation in our group grew more passionate, and a little louder. Every question posed was met with thoughtful responses, sometimes
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No… and yes. The answer to the question “Is Islam a religion of peace?” reminds me of the old saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The answer to “Is Islam a religion of peace?” often depends on which “Islam” you are talking about. The Islam that
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In the eight years that I have taught “Understanding Islam,” the most common question I’ve dealt with is “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?” Political and spiritual leaders whom we admire have stated that we do in fact worship the same God. While I also revere many of