Many thanks to everyone who attended our discussion today! Please post any thoughts, questions, concerns, and ongoing discussions in this space.

Meanwhile, I've posted some resources on Islam and Islamophobia below.

All the best,
James Newell

Below are Several High Quality, Reliable Sources on Islam and Related Topics

Understanding Islam in the Contemporary World:
Ernst, C. (2003). Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Basic Tenets of Islam and Islamic Theology:
Murata, S. and Chittick, W. (1994). The Vision of Islam. St. Paul: Paragon House.  

Mainstream Islam Described by an Islamic Scholar:
Nasr, S. (2010). Islam in the Modern World. New York: HarperCollins.

Ernst, C. W. (2011). Sufism: An Introduction to the Mystical Tradition of Islam. Boston: Shambhala Publications.

Ernst, C. (Ed., 2013). Islamophobia in America. New York: Macmillan.

Downloadable Resource on Islamophobia:
Abdelkader, E. (2016). When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. Washington, DC: The Bridge Initiative, Georgetown University. Retrieved from:

Downloadable Resource on American Muslims:
Interfaith Alliance. (2012). What is the Truth About American Muslims? Washington, DC: Religious Freedom Education Project of the First Amendment Center. Retrieved from:

Online Resources on the First Amendment and Religious Freedom:
Haynes, C. (2016). Make America Safe Again: Reject Islamophobia. Retrieved from:

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Thank you again. Have downloaded and started exploring through these refs. Even looked up Omar Kayyam to see if he might have been a Muslim too. Mixed reviews on that one. : ) But what a great idea to let the poets speak.


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