Why we Support Chicago 2016
  About   |   Contact   |   Donate   |   Site Map   |   About Islam   |   Activist Corner   >> Today is
Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/cairchic/public_html/header.php on line 331
Sunday, May 27, 2018  
Our News
Our Multimedia
CAIR-Chi in the Press
Action Alerts
Press Releases
Media Monitor
Hate Watch
The Scoop
Civil Rights Center
Intern Center
Volunteer Center
Career Center
Resource Center
Report An Incident
Write to the Media
Request A Speaker
Make A Donation
Become A Member
Annual Events
Our Partners
The Mobilizer Blog
MYLS Website
Our Old Site | Oldest
Contact us

Taking Islam out of Radicalism
By Reem Rahman

In response to the Chicago Tribune article: Why the rise of radical Islam?

I am disappointed that the Chicago-Tribune chose to print Victor Hanson's "Why the Rise of Radical Islam?" Hanson's commentary is characterized by selective slicing of history and simplistic suggestions for solutions to the problem of a global rise in extremism.

Hanson offers a gross reduction of current events in order to support his views of "the rise of radical Islam." He selectively cites events of violence, genocide, terror, and oppression as acts united by the factor of "radical Islam." Such complex global crises are real and serious. Issues of such import should not be so expediently categorized or diagnosed.

To use the word Islam to qualify the problem of radicalism is highly problematic. Such reductive terminology asserts that anti-civilization radicals are inspired by Islam; standing in flagrant opposition to the vast majority of peaceful Muslims who reject that Islam informs such activity.

Hanson's argument gives credibility to marginalized groups hijacking Islam and empowers their intended projection as a legitimate and growing force.

Terrorists by definition are marginalized elements of society—sub national, clandestine and difficult to locate or identify. Terrorists are not united, and certainly not by any credible ideology.

Islam-i-cist, radical Islam, Islam-o-facism—or whatever the popularized quantifier of the moment may be—is not the problem.

"The data show that, [what] nearly all suicide terrorist attacks have in common is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland," and have little to do with "Islamic fundamentalism or any one of the world's religions," states terrorism expert, Robert A. Pape, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago.

The terror tactics of radicals are to Islam what adultery is to marriage: antithetical to its moral foundations; reprehensible.

Copyright © 2006 CAIR-Chicago

First Name:

Last Name:


I liked it          I didn't like it    I am indifferent   



28 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60604 | T: (312) 212-1520 | F: (312) 212-1530
| Our News | News Briefs | Action Alerts | Press Center | Events/Workshops | In the News | Volunteer Center | Media Monitor | Resource Center | Report An Incident |
Request A Speaker | Make A Donation | Downloads | Multimedia | The Scoop | Our Partners | Careers | Interns | Newsletter | Contact Us | Proud To Be Muslim |
All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2005-2011 © CAIR Chicago. Questions or Comments, Email

Site Designed by