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Muslim-Americans Reflect On ‘Radicalization’

As Congress readies controversial hearings on Muslims in America, we hear the Muslim-American view.

(AP/M. Spencer Green)

It’s a fact: Muslim Americans have been involved in terrorist attacks in the United States.

Is that a reason to put the Muslim American community at large on trial?  That question is hot as hearings gear up tomorrow in Washington.

Sponsor, congressman Peter King, has painted American Muslims with a broad brush.  And yet, there are the attacks. Nidal Hassan.  Faisal Shahzad.

Critics call it a smear.  The new McCarthyism.  An echo of the treatment of American Japanese in World War II.  For this is a community of fellow citizens.

This hour, On Point: Muslims Americans, and more, on the hearings.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Asra Nomani,  author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Sould of Islam.” Read her defence of the Congressional hearings in the Washington Post here.

Leila Ahmed, professor at the Harvard Divinity School and author of “The Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America.”

David Schanzer, associate professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Mona Eltahawy, columnist and analyst.  She spoke at the “Today, I Am A Muslim, Too” rally in Times Square, protesting the King hearings. 

More:

See more information about Thursday’s House Committee on Homeland Security Hearing on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.”

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