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General Information

John L. Esposito

Why do we need to know about Islam?

• Islam is the second-largest religion in the world (after Christianity) and will soon be the second-largest religion in America.

• Muslims are and increasingly will be our neighbors, colleagues at work, and fellow citizens.

• Although Islam is similar in many ways to Judaism and Christianity, most Americans and Europeans think of Muslims as strange, foreign, and frightening, inevitably linked to headline terrorist events. This state of affairs needs to change—and can change with better information and deeper understanding.

• We must put an end to Islamophobia and the spiral of fear, hatred, and violence, spawned by ignorance, that no longer only afflicts other countries but has come home to America.

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