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Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism

Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism

All of us should condemn terrorism—whether the perpetrators are Muslim extremists, white supremacists, Marxist revolutionaries, or our own government. But it’s time for us to stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism under the assumption they are guilty of harboring terrorist sympathies or promoting violence until they prove otherwise. Renowned expert on Islamophobia Todd Green shows us how this line of questioning is riddled with false assumptions that say much more about “us” than “them.”

Green offers three compelling reasons why we should stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism:
1) The question wrongly assumes Islam is the driving force behind terrorism
2) The question ignores the many ways Muslims already condemn terrorism.
3) The question diverts attention from unjust Western violence.

This book is an invitation for self-examination when it comes to the questions we ask of Muslims and ourselves about violence. It will open the door to asking better questions of our Muslim neighbors, questions based not on the presumption of guilt but on the promise of friendship.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506420592
  • eBook ISBN 9781506420608
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 250
  • Publication Date September 1, 2018

Table of Contents

Foreword by Eboo Patel
Part 1: Assuming Islam Is the Cause of Terrorism
1. The True Roots of Terrorism
2. Monitoring, Managing, and Maligning Muslims
Part 2: Ignoring Muslims Who Condemn Terrorism
3. Muslims Speak Out
4. Muslims Take Action
Part 3: Diverting Attention from Western Violence
5. The Sins of the Fathers
6. A Written Memorial
7. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
Conclusion: Assuming the Best of Our Muslim Neighbors
Suggested Further Reading