We are at war with Islam. Or so many people would like the world to believe.
Whether it’s the Islamic State or anti-Islam protestors across the U.S, this narrative is determined to manifest the clash of civilizations between the West and Islam.
From the Central African Republic to Iraq to Nigeria to Mynamar, Muslims are taking cover as the mass population has fallen target to both extremes — religious fundamentalism and Islamophobia. Both ideologies reject the reality that there is no single phenomenon that can be called Islam, nor is there one set of persons who could be said to represent all Muslims. Rather there are countless “Islams” that are the expression of how 1.6 billion unique individuals live and practice their faith.
And now American Muslims have joined the climate of fear.
Manal Omar - Contributor to the Huffington Post:
Manal Omar is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project who serves on the boards of IREX and AltMuslimah.org. She is the founder of #CrossRedLines dialogue series and Safina Fellowship for Muslim women. Views expressed are her own.