Dossier: Islam in the U.S.

Muslims demonstrating after Friday prayers in Brooklyn, New York, to show their solidarity with the US after the 9/11 attacks (photo: Reuters)

Snowden revelations

NSA spied on prominent US Muslims

After 9/11, every Muslim was a potential suspect. Under President George W. Bush, the FBI and NSA read the e-mails of Muslim lawyers and activists even though they had no convictions and there was no evidence that any of them had committed a crime, called for jihad or sympathised with al-Qaida. Even a Department of Homeland Security employee was under surveillance. By Matthias KolbMore

The largest  mosque in the US is situated in Dearborn, Michigan (photo: dpa)

Muslims in America

New Wave of Anti-Islamic Sentiment

Since the attack on the Boston Marathon on 15 April 2013, anti-Islamic sentiment has been on the rise in the United States. Joseph Mayton takes a look at the causes and the consequences of this developmentMore

Men during prayor time at the Eyüp Sultan Camii in Hamburg, Germany (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)


Evidence Does Not Support Fears of Islam in the West

Why has a dichotomy persisted between Muslim and Western societies despite the bulk of academic research dispelling any notion of incompatibility? Director of the Islam in the West program at Harvard University Jocelyne Cesari explainsMore

Scene from ''5 Jahre Leben'' (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Film on the Case of Murat Kurnaz

''A Scandal of Democracy''

"Five Years" examines the fate of the German Guantanamo prisoner Murat Kurnaz. Director Stefan Schaller's film exposes viewers to the horrific abuse of human rights endured by camp detainees. Jochen Kürten reportsMore

Prayer time in the Eyüp Sultan Camii in Hamburg, Germany (photo: dpa)

John R. Bowen's ''Blaming Islam''

Deconstructing Populism

John R. Bowen, anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, is fed up with the myths, misinformation and cheap populism surrounding the issue of Islam and Muslims in the West. In his book, he debunks the falsehoods that have crept into the everyday political discourse about the religion and its adherents. A review by Paul HockenosMore

Imam Talib Abdur Rashid at a rally in New York (photo: dapd)

Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid on American Islam

Islamophobia as an Integral Part of the Political Platform

The general mood in the United States has grown increasingly intolerant towards Muslims. Charlotte Wiedemann was in New York and spoke with Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Afro-American and President of the Islamic Leadership Council, on the mood in this election year and about his criticism of some Muslims for what he sees as opportunismMore

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''The 99'' Cartoons

Islamic Super-Heroes

In the television series "The 99", Islamic comic heroes fight against evil forces in the world. Western critics warn against religious propaganda – unjustly, says Jannis HagmanMore

Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: Kim Badawi - Reflux Pictures, Lorber Films)

Interview with Michael Muhammad Knight

''Religious Laws Can Change''

Michael Muhammad Knight has earned a reputation as an ostentatious cultural provocateur among American Muslims. In this interview with Richard Marcus, however, he talks quite seriously about matters of faith and the relation of religion and ideologyMore

Malcolm X in New York in 1964 (photo: AP)

American Islam

Decades Later, Malcolm X's Legacy Lives On

Muqtedar Khan looks at the legacy of Muslim civil rights activist Malcolm X, his journey through Islam – and what it means for America todayMore

Memorial service at Ground Zero (photo: AP)

Christians and Muslims Ten Years after 9/11


Hated, Feared, Misunderstood

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington a decade ago have deepened the gulf between Christians and Muslims – but since the events of that day, the dialogue has become more sincere. By Matthias DrobinskiMore

Ground Zero (photo: AP)

9/11 and the Arab Spring


The End of the ''Antithesis''

After a decade, 9/11 is over. Its main legacy – the idea that Islam is fundamentally opposed to Western democratic values – has finally lost its power of persuasion. What is making this antithesis untenable is the Arab Spring, which is revealing rather different sides to both Muslims and what the West has stood for in the past. An essay by Geert J. SomsenMore