Posts By: Maha Elgenaidi

The Secret Power of Interfaith Encounters

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, and Daniel Tutt. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. As a Christian who works closely with the Muslim community, and as a Muslim who was brought back to my own faith by the beauty I found in Judaism and Christianity, we welcome the upcoming holiday season as a...

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Combating Islamophobia:  Breaking Through the Invisibility Cloak

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, and Dr. Henry Millstein, Content Manager and Analyst. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. “Islamophobia in the West has deep roots, going back to the era of the Crusades. The image of Muslims and Islam as a threatening ‘other’ has long been a feature of Western consciousness. Not only acts...

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Pope Francis, a New Hope For Muslim-Catholic Relations

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. As an American Muslim activist, it may shock you to find out that I’m absolutely enthralled with the appointment of the new pope. Sure, like many Americans, I am fascinated by the timeless tradition of the papal conclave, but I am especially captivated...

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Reflections of ING President on Iftar Dinner with President Obama

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. I had the honor and distinction of sitting at President Obama’s table at the White House iftar dinner on Wednesday, August 10th. The iftar (breaking of fast) dinner is a tradition that was initiated during the Clinton administration and continued under the Bush...

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Civil liberties: Unnecessary humiliation is not “normal”

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. Upon my return to the United States from an overseas trip, I was singled out by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for special screening, and then subjected to personal questioning and a humiliating, invasive search of my belongings. The experience left me traumatized...

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Offensive caricatures tantamount to shouting ‘fire’ in crowded theater

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News (link unavailable). Jerry Ceppos’ op-ed article Tuesday (“We must see cartoons to understand furor”) poses interesting questions about why U.S. newspapers have not shown the offensive Danish cartoons. As a Muslim American, I suggest a number of good reasons why U.S....

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